There is nothing like walking by a bakery and smelling the scent of fresh baked goods. From rich, dark chocolate to savory, salted caramel, the smell of those irresistible flavors causes our feet to come to an abrupt halt. The aroma alone draws us in. Before we know it, we are standing in front of a large glass display forced to satisfy our taste buds. There is just something about a pleasant aroma and its ability to draw us into what can be unknown territories.
Likewise, we are God’s sweet aroma. He uses us to draw others to Him.
2 Corinthians 2:14-16 (NIV):
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of Him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?”
There should be something about us that draws others to Jesus without one word being uttered. A simple smile or gentle reply can release such a pleasant scent making us irresistible to pass by.
A sweet aroma can come from a variety of fragrances. In a bakery, it is the aroma of fresh baked cookies, mixed with the fragrance of cakes, pastries, and candies that create an overall flavorsome atmosphere. Likewise, our different backgrounds, individual talents, and even personal experiences can create a bouquet of scents when we allow God to use us.
It may seem logical that our pleasurable aroma always comes from a “sweet place”; after all, it is a sweet aroma. The opposite, however, can often be true. Sometimes, the aroma comes out of brokenness or from battles we have fought. The many tears we have cried, God can use. The disappointments and delays, God can use. He can use everything that we have been through to create a sweet aroma.
We are active participants with God when we surrender our lives to Him. That is why it is extremely important for us to always display Christlike attitudes, gestures, responses, and reputations. When we do not, our aroma can be repulsive which can lead to further despair in a world that is searching for hope. We, by grace, should walk with the highest integrity so that as we partner with Jesus, He can use us to be a light to others.
In a world that is hungry for hope, let’s remember that we are God’s sweet aroma.
Tekeela, a health/wellness nurse educator, writer, and blogger, ties her love for Jesus, health and enjoying life on her blog, 1Life. She can be found usually with a book in hand. Her passion includes travel/medical missions and assisting others in living their best life possible.
So true. An awareness of our Aroma is essential also. I remember a movie quote from Facing the Giants that stuck with me. “Your attitude is the Aroma of your heart. If your attitude stinks it means your heart is not right!”
Tekeela Belk says
Thank you, Paula! That movie quote sums it up nicely!