I was looking up some Scripture to prime the pump for our Five Minute Friday word tonight when I bumped into this passage. My plan was to go in another direction, but this group of verses caught my imagination. It combined with some work a friend and I have been doing with one of our pastors, developing a ministry to women in our church. The two things went together in my mind and moved me along quite a fanciful road!
Imagine those of us who are “in Christ,” who are identified as His sons and daughters…even on the days we don’t feel like it…or feel like we don’t deserve to be. The fact remains that if we are “in Christ”, trusting that His death for us was enough to satisfy a holy GOD as total payment for our sin, it has nothing to do with how we feel about it on any given day. We belong to Him anyway. Our righteousness is found in Christ and His death to pay for sin as well as His resurrection that showed His victory over sin and death. Stop
So as we live out the gospel to those around us…believers and unbelievers, those who are in Christ, those who aren’t, those who hate Him and those who seem to be moving toward Him, we are spreading the aroma of the fragrance of Christ..or not!What kind of aroma are you spreading? The stink of rot & decay or the fresh aroma of a vibrant life? Click To Tweet
What kind of aroma are you spreading? The fragrance of life to all who come in contact with you? Or the fragrance of death that those who are perishing bring to the table. Is it that smell of rot and decay that no one wants to be around? Or the fresh new life that is virant?
In order to spread the fragrance of life, we must depend on Jesus for sure…regularly. We are not up to being able to live like that on our own. We need Him to live out the Gospel in way that smells of a vibrant life!
But thanks be to God,
who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession,
and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.
For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved
and among those who are perishing,
to one a fragrance from death to death,
to the other a fragrance from life to life.
Who is sufficient for these things?
II Corinthians 2:14-16