“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 2:15–16 HCSB)

The minute that we speak the gospel to someone we become an aroma of life or an aroma of death to the one who hears.  If they refuse to yield their lives to Christ and continue in rebellion against him, we are an aroma of death because we proclaim that “the wages of sin is death” (Rom 6.23).  However, to those who will yield to Christ, who surrender, who wave the white flag (as Chris Tomlin puts it), when we preach the gospel we are an aroma of life to them because we proclaim that “the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord” (Rom 6.23).

The gospel is powerful.  Powerful to bring life, but also powerful to bring death.

Yield.  Do not yield.  Life. Death.  High stakes.