The Aroma of Christ

John Koedyker

READ : 2 Corinthians 2:12-17

For we are . . . the aroma of Christ. (v. 15 NIV)

The sense of smell is one of God’s great gifts to us: the smell of coffee brewing in the morning, bacon and eggs frying in the kitchen, a campfire with friends gathered around. All have a distinct smell. And, in the case of the things I just mentioned, the aroma is beautiful. Makes me hungry just writing about it!

But not everything we smell is so pleasing. Some smells we detest: spoiled food, a dead fish, bad breath, body odor. And then there are the smells that could go either way. Some people are attracted by the smell of perfume, and some are repelled by it.

When something smells good we’re naturally attracted to it. This holds true spiritually too. Jesus put it this way, “You will recognize them by their fruits” (Matt. 7:16). When we live an honest, genuine life, one that truly seeks to love and serve our neighbor, most people recognize and appreciate it, and are drawn to it.

There will always be those who mock Christians and reject what they do or say as fake. As sincere as the disciples were on Pentecost morning, some thought they were drunk. But thousands more believed! The sweet savor of a life of faith well lived goes a long way. It is pleasing and God-glorifying, and it is generally attractive to others.


Lord, may my life be a sweet-smelling fragrance.