II Cor. 2:15-16 “For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life…..”
France is known for its perfume. I had the opportunity of touring a perfume factory making the Fragonard brand in Grasse, the perfume capital of the world. It was amazing to see how many tons of flower petals were needed to be crushed for just a small amount of perfume! But the resulting fragrances were wonderful!
Our verse today speaks of differing reactions to our “smell” or influence. To those God is calling to Himself, we have a pleasing aroma. These are people in our lives that seem to be open and friendly. They know of our relationship with Jesus and continue their contact with us. We can and do pray that the Lord is continuing to draw them to Himself and that He will use our fragrance. But there is another group that are in the process of rejecting the Savior. Quite frankly, we stink to them. We can be as friendly as humanly possible but they are continually offended by our stench!
In that factory tour, after a time, the overpowering smells of the place seemed to diminish. I imagine for those who work there every day, their noses become much less sensitive to constant aromas. The point I am making is that our “smell” either good or bad, should have a polarizing affect on people. We need to be clear about who we are and to whom we belong! We do not want our smell to lose it’s potency in the noses of those around us!! Let’s be intentional about spreading our “aroma” or influence for Him!