2 Corinthians 2:14 has always been a fascinating verse to me: For we are the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. I thought of that verse after picking up some 20 pizza for the New Year’s Eve party we had recently. Leaving the building about 10:00 that night, 5 hours or so after having picked up the pizza, my car still smelled like pizza!!!
Aroma is such a beautiful word. It has a poetic sound to it, much better than smell, odor or olfactory perception (I think that’s a scientific term)! Aroma is an inviting sensation. They say the best way to sell a house is to bake bread during an open house. Who can resist the aroma of popcorn as you enter the movie? It is the aroma that leads you to pay some ridiculous price for a dollar’s worth of popcorn. Then, of course, you need a drink to go with it so you pay another ridiculous price for a drink!
Aroma… it is a powerful tool. Christians are the aroma of Christ – both to those who are being saved and those who are lost. And, more importantly, every Christian has an aroma. Let me repeat that: Every Christian has an aroma. Every Christian is constantly sending signals about himself and about the church. I have gotten a whiff of Christians that love the church and the Christian life they are living. It attracts me to them and to Christ. I have also gotten a whiff from Christians who were bitter about the church. Somewhere in their past they had a bad experience that has turned them against the church. They are critical of the church. They cannot hide their bitterness. There is an aroma, only the aroma is more of a smell – and, it drives me away from them and sadly drives people away from the Lord.
Every Christian has an aroma.