“Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.”
That smell though.
I mean, seriously.
Somehow the aroma of a specialty coffee is half of the fun and experience. Right? It just adds so much to the flavour. It makes me smile, just thinking about this cafe mocha I recently had in an authentic Italian, family-run coffee shop.
So – doesn’t it give you joy wiggles to think of being a good smell to God?
Think about it.
In this verse from the book of Ephesians, the apostle Paul speaks of Jesus being a pleasant aroma, a lovely smell. And take note of what created that whiff of wonderful – a life of sacrifice, an act of ultimate love.
See, every time we do something that is God-like, we smell fantastic. Because Jesus was obedient and offered Himself for us in love, He gave God that feeling I had in that coffee shop – pure pleasure.
(Times a billion, of course. Coffee and sacrificial death and resurrection just don’t even compare. But you get the idea.)
You want to smell good to God?
Do something beautiful for someone else. You are never more aromatic than when you unselfishly share your means, your time, or your heart with someone else.
Do something today that will make God smile with me?
Father, how fantastic it is that Jesus’ obedience to Your plan for salvation is described as a sweet smelling aroma, an offering to You. Stir our heart to actions which will be splendid offerings, a pleasant aroma to the King of Kings. Amen.