Spread the Aroma

GodReflection: Power Words

garyguarujaI can smell it; the aroma of bread in the oven, or the aroma of a steak over a mesquite fire as it drips grease and the dense smoke rises to penetrate the neighborhood.

aroma15With pleasant fondness, I think of nights sitting around a campfire. The aroma of resin filled pine knots penetrated every pore and every thread of clothing.

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.

aroma4In 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.

aroma13The Apostle Paul knew about aroma. It made a great vehicle to explain the fragrance of Jesus. To some he is a delightful aroma. To others he was the stench of death.

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.

aroma7How’s my aroma? Sadly, I think of times in traffic, in checkout lines, and in airports when actions put off more Adamic stench than Son of God aroma.

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?

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on Aroma as a Power Word.

Gary@GodReflection.org      WWW.MakeYourVisionGoViral.com

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About Dr. Gary Sorrells

From birth to death, I am God-wired. My body is not as energized as in earlier times, yet as my soul runs toward the finish line it carries a dream. I want to give glory to God by writing. Only now is the timing right to lean hard into this gift from God. For the first time in life, the totality of my God walk with family, the church, academic training, work experience, life scars, and accrued wisdom, provides value to share through the written word. It is as if all of the trails of life are crossing at this point. My formal education includes the B.A., M.A. and the Doctor of Ministry degrees in Bible from Abilene Christian University. Between 1980 and 2011, I worked with the Non-Profit entity, Great Cities Missions. I currently serve as Director Emeritus and as a member of the Board of Trustees. -Gary J Sorrells Gary@GodReflection.org

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