How Do I Smell

In July, GBC will be sending three Vision Teams into the world to “live missionally”--living life in such a way that the Gospel of Jesus Christ pours out from them.  A missional lifestyle is not just for our vision team members; it’s for all of us. 

2 Corinthians 2:14 says. “Thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.” Note--“spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.”

A recent devotional from Ron Hutchcraft, www.hutchcraft.com, helps our understanding--

 “The greatest impact on lives doesn’t come through the actions you do. . .it comes through the atmosphere you create. And everywhere you are you are creating some kind of atmosphere, some kind of aroma. . .

When you walk into your home, what aroma do you bring? Stress or peace? Gentleness or harshness? Do you bring affection or coldness? A servant spirit or self-centeredness? . . .Patient or impatient? A positive attitude or a negative attitude? Thankfulness or complaining?

After all is said and done, people may not remember much of what you said or most of what you did. But they will remember the atmosphere you left behind - how they feel when you’re around. It could even be that your positive actions are actually cancelled out by the stinky atmosphere you bring - the stress, the insensitivity, and the criticism you create while you’re doing all those good things. You can be doing great stuff and have a lousy attitude and drag people down. What people are supposed to experience by being around you is “the fragrance of the knowledge of Jesus.” 

So, as we pray for our teens traveling next month, let’s not forget our own mission fields.  What kind of fragrance are we leaving behind?  Let’s ask, “How do I smell?”