II Corinthians 2:14-17
I am a distributor for essential oils and use oils daily as a part of my wellness routine. I carry oils in my purse and share them with anyone and everyone I meet who has a need. I believe they are effective in keeping me healthy.
People will frequently say, “You smell good,” or “What is that smell?” Generally, it is peppermint oil, my favorite. But today, my heart was challenged by the verses in II Corinthians. Do those who cross my daily path also detect another fragrance, a fragrance sweeter than any essential oil I could choose? Do they detect in me the fragrance of Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of souls? Do they detect the aroma of kindness, goodness, and unconditional love?
As an ambassador or representative of an essential oil company, it is part of my job to “put on” oils and display their qualities. But even more, I am an ambassador for God; and as His representative, I should display His qualities. On my own, I could never achieve this. My shortcomings are many. But fortunately, I do not have to rely on my own strength. “Not that we are competent in ourselves. . . but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers. . . ” (II Corinthians 3:5-6)
My prayer is that through the power of the Holy Spirit, the primary fragrance emanating from me will be that most compelling of sweet aromas—the Aroma of Christ–that people might, through me, be drawn to Him.