GodReflection: Power Words
Aroma ties closely to the source.
I associate aroma with pleasant.
Like most words, it has its limitations. What is a delightful aroma to one may be an obnoxious smell to another.
In the first testament, God often used the imagery of pleasing aroma to describe sacrifices presented to Him from obedient hearts. When hearts rebelled—the aroma turned rancorous to the God of heaven.
In the megacities of South America, large open trucks charged with the task to dispose of animal carcasses pass from meat market to meat market. The spoiled aroma transported by an open Bone truck can penetrate an entire neighborhood on a hot tropical day.
Rather than the aroma of a fresh sizzling steak the spoiled cast offs become a rancorous smell.
Here is what I think.
My first task every morning is to put on Jesus scent.
This is the way he puts it:
But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.
For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.
To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life.
My job description is to be the aroma of Jesus. Some will receive a blessing while others will reject the fragrance and decide to remain with the whiff of their own smelly perspiration.
God knows what to do with both groups. My job is not to judge but to spread the aroma.
The more I get aroma right, the more I leave the tracks of Jesus behind my steps. After all, isn’t that a major reason for Jesus followers to be on planet earth?
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on Aroma as a Power Word.