“For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things?”
–II Corinthians 2:15-16
Perhaps the most widely used flavor in baking is vanilla. Vanilla beans are very expensive, however. Vanilla extract is made to maximize the amount of baked goods flavored by each vanilla bean, making the use of vanilla more cost-effective and affordable.
A solution of water and alcohol is used to extract and carry the essential aroma and flavor of the vanilla bean and impart it to the finished baked good. A little extract can go a long way.
In the same way, there is only one Jesus, who died once for all, but that was enough to extend grace and salvation for every person who ever was or will be. A little Christ goes a long way.
As we strive to emulate Jesus, we make His essence a part of us. His qualities become ours, albeit diluted by our fallible natures. Those around us will begin to notice that we have the aroma of Christ: His love, His purity, His trust in God.