“And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” Ephesians 5:2 NKJV
I am a ride or die kind of person. So let’s ride, ride hard! It’s my birthday and that means gifts!!! Last few post have been about what gifts God can give and what gifts God wants from us. (Of course they aren’t all-inclusive lists in the posts; I do try to keep these short.)
I talked about the verse above and making the offering to God, as He offered his son, and gifts we can give to him. I did not talk about the sacrifice part though.
Sacrifice – according to a quick internet search it’s an act of slaughtering or surrendering. Merriam-Webster says “the act of giving up something that you want to keep”
In the bible however, Old Testament sacrifices were blood spilled to cover the sins of people. The New Testament, Jesus’s death is the blood sacrifice which is so powerful, it doesn’t just cover sins – it washes them away. Clearly, life is the sacrifice.
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13 NIV
Jesus foreshadowed his death when he said the above verse. However, didn’t every last apostle die for Christ? I think you might get where I am going with this.
My brother signed up for the military and when he did he gave himself to them with everything up to and including his life. Thankful my brother is still alive, and still enlisted. He understand this sacrifice in a significant way.
I have to ask: Am I willing to die for Christ? I mean, he did die for me.
The good news is he wants us to die to sin, to our old ways, to the person we used to be and not your actual life. (however I pray that if it was asked of me, I would say “Thy will” and die with the same grace that has brought me here and sustained me)
“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:11 KJV
Read Romans 6 – all of Romans 6! Good stuff!! So Good!! So sacrifice my sin, become a new creature in Christ as my sacrifice. And what shall be my offering?
“Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.” Romans 6:13 NIV
Sweet and salty scriptures here. Life and death – how much am I giving? and how difficult it is! It might be easier to die some bloody death than to figure out how to get my fleshly sinful nature to die and stay dead! Just an hour ago I stubbed my toe and curse words flew from my mouth! (I thought I had broken the habit of cursing.) So many sins, so many are habits, so many just are. I am a pretty bad person, I know, it’s hard to believe – I have done some pretty bad things. How do I stop?!?! And here comes that grace again! That grace all tangled up with faith that sustains as God helps to purify me, to “continue to work out [my] salvation with fear” (Philippians 2:12 NIV)
Therefore my gift today, it is me! As he makes me into who I am supposed to be in Him.
“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” Isaiah 6:8
Not sure what God sees in me – but he thinks I’m a pretty good gift. And I can give ‘me’ to him over and over again every day and every minute of every day.
Thank you for reading – may God bless you and keep you.