The Aroma of Life

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Is there an aroma, a smell that draws you to a memory or an experience in your life? A particular meal that was cooked when you were a child? For me it is the smell of fresh cooked yeast rolls that was a daily treat at one of my childhood friend’s house. Even to this day after 55 years have passed, that yeast roll smell takes me right back to that aroma in his house.

Leviticus 6:15 “Then one of them shall lift up from it a handful of the fine flour of the grain offering, with its oil and all the incense that is on the grain offering, and he shall offer it up in smoke on the altar, a soothing aroma, as its memorial offering to the LORD. “

Imagine meeting the priest and smelling the aroma that clung to his garment after a day’s offering to God. The people of Israel would have known that aroma came from being before the Lord, almighty God. It was the “Aroma of Life” for them. It reminded them of God’s presence among them.

Paul spoke of a similar “Aroma of Life”. It was the act of believers’ support for his ministry. Yet, he declared it “… a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.” This gift they offered was not just for Paul’s benefit, but one that Paul said would profit them because it would be seen and received by God.

The Holy Scriptures speak of such an “Aroma of Life”:

1 Pet. 2:5: …”you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”

Philippians 4:18 “But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.”

As the people of God, a holy priesthood, what is your “Aroma of Life”? What is that spiritual smell that clings to you as you walk among the believers and non- believers?

Paul speaks of this, ”Aroma of Life”, to the church at Corinth (Cor. II 2:14,15): “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”

Paul knew what the lives of these believers were to be like and why it was to be an “Aroma of Life”. It was the proof of God’s presence through Christ. It was truly the “Aroma of Life”, the ultimate sacrifice, that was pleasing to God that of “Christ in them, the Hope of Glory”.

As Children of God, you should have an “Aroma of Life” that believers and unbelievers will want to know about. This spiritual “Aroma of Life” will always be upon God’s people. The Scriptures say that it will manifest through you. It will be the knowledge of Him in every place that you set your feet. It is not knowledge about, but the actual knowing of Him. This is the sweet aroma, the fragrance of Christ that goes before us to the throne of God. For it is to God that this fragrance and aroma goes.

“Be that Aroma of Life” as you serve Him before others. This will truly be thanks to God who will lead you in triumph in Christ and will manifest through you the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place you go.

Let us learn to pray, “Father fill us, your servants, with the Aroma of Christ, that wherever we set our feet, people will ask; “What is this that we sense about you?”. May such a spiritual aroma be in our lives in all things that we do before you and may it touch those who are saved and those that do not know you.” In Jesus’s Name, Amen!

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