2 Corinthians 2:14-17 “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.”
Not everyone will like you if you are diffusing the fragrance of Christ. Why? Because it reminds them that they are perishing. But does that make you change the way you approach people? Do you try to change your approach to please them? Or swing to the other extreme and not care at all?
There are others that will be attracted to you just because of the life that is in you. Like John 1:4 says, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” When you walk in the light, you shine and people can see the life of Christ through you. You become a breath of fresh air wherever you go.
We want the fragrance of His knowledge to be diffused everywhere we go. We want people to know that we are Christians and that we follow Him. We don’t want to be among those that hide our lights so as not to offend.
So often we leave a bad smell in people’s nostrils. “Here comes that Christian. They are always so rude.” Or “They are so picky with their order and don’t tip well.” We are the light of the world, but how are we shining? Do we let Christ shine through us in the coffee shop and in the restaurant and in the grocery store? Or do we forget who we represent when it comes to how we treat people in service positions?
Working in customer service, there are people that I see that I would have no idea are Christians by their actions, only by the fact that they invite everyone to their church. Are they successful? No! No one wants to go to their church because of the way they are treated.
We aren’t selling anything. They way we live our lives will attract or repel people. We don’t have to be nervous like a door-to-door salesman that is selling something that no one wants. Going to someone’s door that knows nothing about us and hoping that they will buy what we have. People need what we have and we can’t be afraid that they will see the light and be repelled. But we can’t repel them by the way we treat them.
What do you smell like today? Do you carry the sweet fragrance of Christ? Or the stench of self-centeredness and selfish focus?
I would love to hear your thoughts today.