Guest Author: Becky Musgrove | follow
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Aroma that Spreads. The dictionary definition of aroma gives insight to its powerful presence and effect: “a distinctive, pervasive, and usually pleasant or savory smell; or a distinctive quality or atmosphere.”
Aroma is pervasive and not easily masked.
The effect of a chemical compound on the aroma of coffee is dependent on two things: its concentration and its odor threshold. Those with high concentrations and low odor thresholds are most detectable.
Our aroma, then, depends on how visible we are to those in our workplace and communities. And visibility requires interaction (and risk) that shows the love of Christ in tangible ways.
This isn’t just a quick “Hi, how are you?” but deeper, meaningful conversations that put you in a place to know someone’s needs and then follow-up on them.
Paul teaches that “knowledge puffs up, but love builds up” (1 Corinthians 8:1). Later in the same book, he warns that those who “speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but have not love, are a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal” (1 Corinthians 13:1). James tells us to “be doers of the word and not hearers only” (James 1:22) and that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:26).
Words are simply not enough.
Genuine love requires action.
It’s easy to say the right things and appear godly when you’re never truly put to the test. Jesus ties the command to love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, and mind to the commandment to love our neighbor as our self, because the two cannot be separated.
Our love for Christ is reflected in our love for others.
Is your aroma in line with your identity in Christ? In other words, does your walk match your talk? How are you putting your love into action?
Aroma that Lasts. Just as coffee quickly loses its aroma and can become stale, so too does our aroma of Christ to God and others. Unless certain precautions are taken to preserve their freshness, coffee beans can become bitter in a matter of days, even taking on the flavors and scents of surrounding things because of their porous nature.
Keeping your aroma fresh requires
routine care and maintenance.
As Christians, we can’t preserve our aroma if we’re not taking care of it. Like anything, when you stop feeding it, it becomes weak and compromised. We must consistently spend time in the Word and in prayer to ensure that our aroma to God and others is Christ-like. When I miss just one day of intentional time with the Lord, other things start to creep in and crowd Him out. When we spend a lot of time with someone, we start to talk, act, and think like that person.
When you spend consistent time with God,
others will notice.
Daily time with the Lord will ensure that our aroma does not wear off quickly, but has staying power – an aroma that draws others in, rather than pushing them further away.
Friends, I urge you to consider our high calling as the aroma of Christ to God and others. In a taste test, would others recognize your aroma? If you did not have the use of words, would your aroma be a powerful witness to Christ and the work He’s done in your life?
Whether it’s cooking or buying a meal for a neighbor, visiting an elderly person who is lonely, giving your time to the homeless person everyone else walks past, befriending a newcomer at work, or volunteering to help refugees and immigrants in your town, there are physical needs all around you.