"But thanks be to God, who always puts us on display in Christ and through us spreads the aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To some we are an aroma of death leading to death, but to others, an aroma of life leading to life. And who is competent for this?" (2 Corinthians 2:14-16, HCSB).
I love the language used here. We are the fragrance of Christ. He moves through us, ministering to others through us, each and every day.
Others know about Christ because of us. Because we live our days serving Him and sharing His love with others.
It's all Him. It really has nothing to do with us. It is Him moving, Him reaching hearts. Him ministering through us.
The first use of "aroma," or "savour" in the KJV, is the Greek word euōdia
- a sweet smell, fragrance
- a think well pleasing to God
- a sweet odour, spoken of the smell of sacrifices and obligations, agreeably to the ancient notion that God smells and is pleased with the odour of sacrifices