Your commitment to the Lord… “a sweet smelling savor”

Last night at the church I’m a part of – Trinity Church, Cedar Hill, Texas – I taught a class on Leviticus. The class is entitled “Route 66” (it gets its name from the 66 books of the Bible) and helps provide an overview and working knowledge of each of the books of the Bible.

The book of Leviticus contains an interesting phrase related to each of the sacrifices offered by fire to the Lord… It says their odor was “a sweet smelling savor” to the Lord.

Now that’s an Old Testament concept. However in my Bible reading today during “Coffee with the Lord” (enjoyed, I might say on a flight from DFW to Hong Kong), I think I read about it’s New Testament counterpart…

The New Testament teaches the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf – for our sins – was a “once for all” sacrifice and completely adequate. It satisfied the righteous demands of a holy God! That sacrifice, however, calls forth our sacrifice – the offering of ourselves to God in gratitude and commitment. When we do that – when we respond in that way to what God did by offering up his only Son as our “atoning sacrifice” for our sin – when we respond to what Jesus did by willingly offering Himself on our behalf – it is very pleasing to God… “a sweet smelling savor” if you please! Here’s how Apostle Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, expressed it…

“Therefore I exhort (or urge) you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, TO PRESENT YOUR BODIES AS A SACRIFICE – alive, holy, and PLEASING TO GOD – which is your reasonable service. Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God – what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2 from the NET Bible)

I did it again… today… one more time! I offered God all I am and have… alive, holy (by His grace), and pleasing to God! Oh Lord, may it be “a sweet smelling savor” to You today! (Verse 2 of Romans 12 seems to say it also has life-transforming potential for me!)

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