Do you have a favorite aroma or fragrance?

Maybe it’s chocolate chip cookies in the oven or spiced cider simmering on the stove. It may be a perfume or even the smell of burning wood in the fireplace. My favorite flower is the stargazer lily because of its fragrance. A fragrant aroma brings pleasure.

Paul talked about a fragrant aroma in 2 Corinthians 2:14, but he wasn’t referring to food, flowers, or perfume. He was talking about the fragrant aroma that should come from believers—you and me.

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.”

What makes us a sweet aroma of Christ?

A Thankful Heart

Paul began this verse with the words, “But thanks be to God.” Paul was distressed when he wrote these words, but he looked beyond his circumstances and thanked God.

When we give thanks, especially when things are difficult, we are a fragrant aroma to God because it shows we trust Him and are resting in His sovereignty.

Giving thanks is also a fragrant aroma to those around us. When we give thanks in all situations, we point others to where our eyes are focused—on Him.

A Surrendered Life

Paul said of Jesus in Ephesians 5:2, “Christ also loved us and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”

When we offer our lives to God in total surrender, it’s a fragrant aroma to God and to others. When we say, “Yes, Lord, I want to do your will, not mine,” it pleases God. It is also a fragrant aroma to others when they see our trust in God as we surrender our way and follow His path.

As I’ve watched other believers surrender themselves to Christ and His plan for them, I’ve been able to enjoy the fragrant aroma of their surrender.

An Outreach Mindset

We live in a world that needs Christ. We can either sit back, expecting someone else to share the gospel, or we can follow His command in Matthew 28:18-20 to make disciples. Are we willing to make Jesus Christ known to those around us? Sharing Christ with others is a fragrant aroma to God and to those who hear the gospel and accept it. But, as Paul reminds us, not all will like the aroma.

God wants us to be a fragrant aroma to the world, pointing others to Christ. Are we?

I’d love to hear what you think makes us a fragrant aroma of Christ to others.