I finally finished my sermon. It's called "How do you smell?".
One of the verses I came to is in 2 Corinthians 2:14 - 16 which says "But thanks be to God, who always leads in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing."
Christians are called to spread the aroma of Christ. Aroma, as defined by the dictionary, is a 'distictive odor that is pleasant'.
Our aroma is our life.
3 Characteristics of Aroma:
1. An Aroma is a pleasant indication of the baking.
We need to be people who give the right representation of Christ by the life that we live.
Sure, none of us are perfect, but that shouldn't stop us from representing the most amazing person that ever lived - Jesus.
People's understanding of Jesus is confused if we don't live the kind of life that represents who He is.
Jesus' whole life was motivated by a true, deep love for others. We need at the core of our lives a love for others.
2. An Aroma gives people a desire for the baking.
The Aroma of our life should give people an opportunity to see the incredible person of Jesus.
After we meet someone, even if it's only once, we should be aiming to give people an opportunity to know Jesus.
Jesus offers what every person desires - and we should be confident that what Jesus offers is the only thing that will fulfill people.
3. An Aroma needs to be able to be smelled for it to have an affect.
The most amazing aroma is useless if the baking is in the back kitchen or in the warming shelf in the back. The baking is useless if it's not on the front shelf offered to people.
2 Cor 2:14 - 16 says that through us God spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him. If we're not willing to let God spread through us the amazing fragrance of knowing Him, people miss out on knowing God.
Only we have the baking that will satisfy people's desire for fulfillment - let's serve it up confidently.