For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things? – 2 Corinthians 2:15-16
When we are children, we are prone to confuse some of our words in ways that can be quite hilarious. For example, a little boy desiring to compliment his mother on her perfume, said, “Mommy, you stink real good!”
Smell, being one of the most powerful of all the senses, often evokes strong memories and may even remind us of people we have loved and lost. Paul, speaking of his ministry and missionary companions, said that they were the “fragrance of Christ.” A fragrance in many ways indicates the presence of a person; therefore, if we (like Paul) are the fragrance of Christ, then others should know Him through contact with us. Everything about our lives should “reek” of Jesus.
Now that is stinking good!
To call yourself a child of God is one thing. To be called a child of God by those who watch your life is another thing altogether. – Max Lucado