Ephesians 5:2 (NLT)
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.
The definition for offer is the act of giving someone the opportunity to accept something. The scripture above tells us that Jesus offered Himself as a sacrifice. The definition for sacrifice is to give up something that is valuable to you in order to help another person. In other words, Jesus has given us the opportunity to accept eternal life by giving up His life to help us. This sacrifice was a pleasing aroma to God.
What are you willing to offer and sacrifice for God because you love Him? We can speak it, sing it, preach it, teach it and share it all day long but it’s our actions that tell the truth at the end of the day. God didn’t just tell us He love us but He showed it graciously and unapologetically. We must be able to reciprocate this love back to Him. It’s good to know God’s love and how much He loves you but it’s better to show Him how much we love Him.
To follow the example of Christ, is to forsake all just to have more of Him. We never have to wonder if He loves us but I’m sure we make Him wonder if we love Him back. Choose today to live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ because He loved us and offered Himself as a sacrifice for us, which was pleasing to God. Are you willing and ready to do the same? There is more that He is requiring of us but are we willing to give it?
Father, I thank for the sacrifice that you Son gave just for me and those who are willing to accept Him as their Lord Saviour. Help me to reciprocate this kind of love to you and to show it to those I encounter. Help my sacrifice to a pleasing aroma to you too. In Jesus name, amen!