"But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. 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. Who is sufficient for these things?" 2 Corinthians 2:14-16
One of Landon's favorite questions is, "Mom, I smell something." No question mark, but he is asking what's that smell. Logan recently picked up, "chick'n hous, euu-we!" (translation: chicken houses).
Smells for our almost 3 and 2 year old are huge. Their little noses pick up on everything. When Kari puts her feet up in the car Landon says, "Mom, your feet stink." Logan says, "Whts dhat?"
My little nose picks up on a lot too. If you are around me long enough and we eat together, you might notice I smell my food and beverages. I don't know when and where I started it and maybe it's habit that I smell whatever goes into my mouth first, but why wouldn't you, it might be bad!
Good smells versus bad smells; that's what 2 Corinthians 2:14-16 referring to. If the boys smell something good, they say something. If the boys smell something bad, they say something either. What do you do when you smell something good versus bad? (go on, smell you computer screen).
Our aroma is HUGE. If we are not permeating Christ, than death is our stench. If we are permeating Christ, then life is our smell. Only by Christ's rule and reign of our lives (everything about it) and constant surrender, do we achieve this good smell.
Good smells start with our face. If our face is not surrendered to Christ than it might look sour, unpleasant, strained, stressed or unwelcoming. Our face welcomes those around us with a smile and welcoming eyes.
Become aware of the scent you are permeating, God's word says it can bring life or death.