To some we are an aroma of death leading to death, but to others, an aroma of life leading to life. And who is competent for this? – 2 Corinthians 2:16
My granddaughter, Leena, is a little “stinker.” I’m not sure who first started using that nickname for someone who is known for mischief, but in her case, it truly fits! If Leena is in the room, she is hard to miss.
Paul and his compatriots might have borne a similar moniker, but without any hint of affection. You see, the lives of Paul and his friends reeked of Christ Jesus. For some, the aroma was deadly, because it meant the end of life as they knew it. For others, the aroma was life-giving and sustaining, because it meant a fresh start and renewal. Perhaps repulsive to some at first, the aroma of Christ to them was like a like a dose of smelling salts in its ability to awaken, revive, and clear the spiritual senses. In fact, there were those who pulled away in the beginning, but soon realized they had lived their entire lives in a fog of unbelief.
We are called to bear the fragrance of Christ wherever we go, but who is competent for this? Just us stinkers.
God send me a friend that will tell me of my faults. – Thomas Fuller