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 AmbassadorAroma?  What in the world???

Two key theological concepts have greatly impacted my call to ministry in the past couple years.  The first was 2 Corinthians 2:15 which says, “For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing” (NRSV).  This verse stuck out to me because something smells whether the smeller wants it to or not.  So what would it be like to ‘smell like Christ’ to both those who care about Jesus AND those who don’t?

The second is from 2 Corinthians 5: 20 which says, “So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (NRSV).  Here Christians are called ambassadors for Christ.

As an aroma I have no control over how I am received by others…I have some control over how I smell, but not how others smell me.  As an ambassador I represent someone more than myself, and I move forward with an authority not my own.  In order to be both an aroma and an ambassador, it is vital that I am reconciled to God, which happens through Christ.  So these two images–the aroma of Christ and the ambassador for Christ–come together to help describe how I understand my identity, my vocation and my purpose for being.  That’s the back story of my domain–the realm in which I seek to exist and make sense of life.

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