Our Daily Bread chose “Sweet Fragrance” for its topic, with reference to 2 Corinthians 2:15.
(14) 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. (15) For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, (16) to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?
Cindy Hess Kasper’s pivotal statement was, “So, what if our lives were a fragrance that attracted people to God?” Back to verse 15: “For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.” Our work—our commission—is to glorify God both to the tender and to the calloused. To the spiritually corrupt who proudly stand as the walking dead, our gospel, our holiness, is the stench of death. But to life-seekers who are tender, our gospel is the aroma of life, and our holiness demonstrates what that true life looks like.
So, we should not be surprised when some greet our gospel-overtures with revulsion, even hostility. But God perceives our efforts as the “sweet fragrance” of our love for the lost, regardless how we perceive the results.