In all your years in Christ, have you realized that living rightly is a sacrifice you make to God? By rightly, I mean living according to the scriptures. Living a life for God requires love, self-control, patience, faithfulness and a great deal of discipline just to mention a few. Everything you do daily is a sacrifice to Him.
Therefore, be imitators of God as dearly loved children and live in love, just as Christ also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God.
But sexual immorality and any impurity or greed should not even be heard of among you, as is proper for the saints. Coarse and foolish talking or crude joking are not suitable, but rather giving thanks. Eph 5:1-4
Be An Imitator Of Christ.
Christ did all things in love and God expects us to do the same. It’s ok if you find yourself lacking in this area but it’s not ok if you do not seek to improve. Love comes from God. I had a similar experience of not being able to love others around me but then I sought God to teach me how to love and receive love. Let the Holy Spirit guide you through scriptures to reveal areas in which you need to improve.
Your life, A Daily Sacrifice.
Christ’s life and death were pleasing sacrifices to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. Similarly, living a life that imitates Christ pleases The Father. It’s as a fragrant offering to Him.
- Is God pleased with the daily sacrifices you make?
- Does He receive them?
I am quite deliberate with the choices I make daily; not living impulsively but living as one who has a Lord; seeking His counsel before carrying out major decisions. Your choice of a life partner, friendships, source of income, communications, and interactions should be pleasing sacrifices to Him. Moreover, you ought to be deliberate about these things.
Indulge In Things Fitting For You.
I love how the writer of the referenced bible verse put it. “These things should not be heard among you”. In all honesty, talking dirty or silly doesn’t fit our style as believers. Gossipping and sexual promiscuity should not be heard among us. Let your tongue not be one known to love the taste of gossip and jesting. Rather, let it be known for offering thanksgiving to God. It’s your choice to make.
So, what kind of sacrifices do you think you offer to God daily?