By Patrick Hawthorne
14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. 15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: 16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. (2 Cor 2:14-17 KJV)
The other morning, I was reading the above verses when my eyes lit upon verse 15. I have read this verse many times but had never really stopped to think about what is being said. I understand that we, as lights, are to shine in a dark earth. I also understand that we are as salt, preservers and enhancers of the Word. Yet, I had never stopped to think that we are also called to be a fragrance diffuser, filled with the aromatic oil of the Holy Spirit. To those who have accepted Jesus, we are a sweet smell; the smell of life and goodness. However, to those who are perishing, we carry with us the stench of the knowledge of death.
Some might be thinking, “How is it that we can attract some with our sweet smell and yet be offensive to another with the same smell? Well, think about it for a second. Have you ever seen maggots on a rose? The answer is most likely a solid, ‘no.’ The reason being is that maggots are attracted to the stench of death and decay, not the sweet fragrance of life. So too are some people. The fact is, there are some who are repulsed by the the life saving aroma of the Good News.
How do you become the unmistakable aroma of the victory of the Anointed One to God – a perfume of life to those being saved and the odor of death to those who are perishing?* It is simple. Never water down the message of God’s Word and allow the power of the Holy Spirit to heat the aromatic oil within you. To those seeking life, you will be like the pollen to a bee. Be blessed.
*portion of verse 15 taken from the Passion Translation.