“. . . And I have received the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God . . .” (Philippians 4:18).
Have you ever been walking along and suddenly you are greeted with the aroma of something delicious cooking?
Recently my hubby and I were out and just such a thing happened. He said, “Boy, smell that meat cooking? No wonder God asked for that as an offering! It smells delicious!”
Of course we laughed, but later, I got to thinking. I wondered, what can I sacrifice to God that would be fragrant?
First I looked in the Bible. Many offered sacrifices to the Lord: Abel (Genesis 4:4), Noah (Genesis 8:20-21), the Levite priests on behalf of all God’s children (Leviticus 3:16). All were sacrifices of meat. I’m definitely not a hunter, nor do I eat meat–or lots of other things–due to my chronic digestive illness.
So, what fragrant offering can I lay at my Father’s feet?
As happens often His word provided the answer. God Himself provided the final sacrifice: Jesus. Jesus who’s total and complete sacrifice, given in love for us all, was the most beautiful and fragrant sacrifice of all.
“. . . And walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:2).
How blessed we are! For once we accept Jesus as our Savior, we can walk in love with Him. We become one with Him, allowing that fragrant offering–His death on the cross–to become our sacrifice as well to our Father in Heaven.
Best of all it was not because of something we ourselves have done, but because He has done it for us. And “it is finished.”
Prayer: “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumph, as trophies of Christ’s victory, and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere, for we are the sweet fragrance of Christ, which exhales unto God, discernible alike among those who are saved and among those who are perishing. . . ” (2 Corinthians 2:14-15). Amen.
About the author:
Diane Kalata, lives in Central Florida, she is blessed to have a wonderful husband, who is also her caregiver in illness, three grown children, one grand baby and more on the way. She is a cancer survivor, but continues to deal with chronic digestive and neuropathic issues. She loves art and writing. Her desire is to continually be an encouragement to others; looking daily for those “God opportunities” to share His love and truth with others.
Have you been struggling, because of illness, with thoughts of what you can do or sacrifice for our Lord? Do you have questions on how to walk in love with Christ, allowing Him to be that sweet fragrance, pleasing to our Father? Please feel free to share or ask questions here. Know that you are loved. God is waiting with arms open wide, and love to give.
Rather than looking for something concrete to sacrifice to God, just praise Him! Too often we forget how precious our words and worship is to Him. This is Jeremy Camp singing “In Your Presence” and the lyrics give us a great place to start today as we just worship who He is. Hugs, -Lisa