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A pleasing aroma
Posted: Jan 21, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

What smells good to you? What are those things in life that just make you say, “Holy Cow that smells good!” For some it may be the smell outside after a rainstorm. Some may say a certain candle at Yankee Candle does it for them. Still others may say the smell of a certain flower, a certain perfume or leather. There are some who like the smell of odd things. Weird things like gasoline or a box of crayons or paint are often times popular smells. I have a friend who honest to God says that she likes the smell of cow manure. I know, crazy. She is from Wisconsin though so what do you expect:)

For me, the smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies is the smell of heaven. I am absolutely convinced that when we get to Heaven, it will small like freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. If there was a cologne that smelled like chocolate chip cookies, I would buy it and wear it proudly. Ok….that may be a stretch, but you get the point.

In the book of Leviticus, there is a phrase repeated several times that caught my attention the other day. The phrase simply says, “And the priest burnt the entire sacrifice on the altar. It is a special gift. A pleasing aroma to the Lord.”

There were several things about that offering that made it pleasing to the Lord. First of all, it was the whole thing. It wasn’t part of the animal, it was the entire animal. So often we give God the part of us that costs us the least or is the most comfortable. The 2nd part of the offering that made it pleasing was the fact that it was a living sacrifice. One that was valuable. What good would a dead sacrifice be? When we give our lives to Christ, we are asked to give Him our whole lives and to lay them down at His feet because of what He has already done for us.

Romans 12:1-2 says, “Therefore I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your BODIES as a LIVING sacrifice holy and PLEASING to God. THIS is your spiritual act of worship.”

I hope and pray that my life is a pleasing aroma to God. At the end of the day, I pray that through my obedience to God and His Word that I have been found acceptable in His sight. So many times in my life, I have wanted to give God a partial offering of my life. One that didn’t cost me very much or didn’t or was comfortable. I’m done living like that. As the World Series of Poker players often say…..”I’m all in.” No holding back. No turning away. No partial or dead sacrifices. I want my life to be a pleasing aroma to the one who gave His life for me! What about you? What aroma does your life bring to the Holy and Majestic God. Something to think about.

With Expectancy!

Corey
corey@firstassemblywest.com

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