Because I believe Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead, I am the sweet fragrance of Christ to God. Have you ever thought about how you look, taste, smell or feel to God? According to 2 Corinthians 2:15-16 we have the smell of life to God because of Jesus. “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.” The verse also says that to the unsaved we are the smell of death. Why would that be the case? The unsaved have no love or appreciation for Christ. They have no faith in His power to save and are stuck in their sins which lead to death. Romans 6:23 “The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Through Christ we are washed clean and are sweet smelling. There is no smell of death or sin about us. We do not remind God of sin as we are redeemed and according to Jeremiah 31:34 “‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” The Lord sees us as pure and righteous because of what Jesus did for us on the cross.
So what does that mean for me? Am I spreading the sweet smell of Christ to those around me? Do people feel uplifted after having a conversation with me? Do they see me doing ‘sweet’ things for others without thinking about myself? Jesus calls us to be self-less in our witness for Him. As you begin this fourth week of Lent, remember you are the sweet sweet, aroma of Christ in the world.
Knowing Jesus and bathing in His Word keeps us sweet smelling!