The aroma of Christ
We are just coming out of the season of aromas where a tiny whiff of certain spices and sweetness sends our minds into nostalgia and the anticipation of the holidays. Before the first day dawns of September many are ready for their pumpkin lattes, pumpkin everything and my favorite, an Autumn Leaves candle by Bath and Body Works. We are barely through the first week of November and homes are filled with the familiar smells of balsam fir, pine, mint and gingerbread. These seasonal aromas bring to our thoughts sweet memories of days with family and friends and the excited expectation of the things to come.
“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.”
2 Corinthians 2:14-16
Paul tells us that we, God’s people, give off the aroma of Christ to those around us. I don’t know about you but I am pretty sure that the scents that follow me some days smell more like the garbage that we really need to take out instead of a sweet scent that brings warm fuzzies and feelings of happiness. I am certain when my kids say things like, “Mom, are you ok?”, or “Hey guys, watch out Mom’s not in the greatest mood today!”, that I am not giving off the “aroma of Christ” that Paul is conveying. How about when I am in line at Walmart and can tell that the cashier is having a terrible day. In the midst of my crazy and busyness do I take the time to smile and ask about her day? Sometimes these simple gestures can be huge in the life of someone that has no hope or needs the love of Christ breathed into their souls. We sometimes think that we have to do really big things for God in order to make a difference, but the truth is that it’s many times in the small, everyday and sometimes mundane that the Lord can use us to be life givers and grace breathers.
Jill Briscoe says, “The place between your feet at any given time is your mission field.” We sometimes neglect the more simple things in our days and lives that are divine appointments to spread the aroma of Christ. Wherever our feet are is the place that the Lord can use us as His vessels... if we let Him. Whether it be at home, the office, your school, the grocery store, the post office, a waiting room or on social media - you have the unique opportunity to share the hope of Christ and leave the scent of your Savior as you interact with those the Lord puts in your path and wherever your feet are “at any given time”.
Think about it: Is the aroma that diffuses from you each day bringing life and breathing grace to the souls around you? Where is the place between your feet right now? What can you do to be the “pleasing aroma of Christ” to those that the Lord has placed in your life?
Pray: Lord, thank you that you love us and use us to speak life and offer hope and love to others. Help us to recognize where you have placed us and those that you have given us to love this day. Help us to not get so caught up in our to do lists and schedules that we forget to truly see those who need the sweet fragrance of your love and grace.