Present as an aroma pleasing to the Lord a burnt offering of one young bull, one ram and seven male lambs a year old, all without defect. Numbers 29:8
It is very common for people to put on some type of perfume or deodorant to smell better for others. Along with the scent put on, many will also spray a room or burn some incense to improve the odor of the room, often to cover up bad smells.
The desire is to make themselves and the area more pleasing to others and themselves.
God told the people to present an aroma that was pleasing to God of a bull, ram and some lambs.
When cooking a meal, it will often present and aroma that is very pleasing and appealing to many people. It creates a desire to eat of that meal and have a time of fellowship with others.
Prior to the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Israelites had to offer various physical sacrifices for sin, thanksgiving, and praise to God. The death and resurrection of Jesus took away that requirement.
However, God still desires for His people to be a pleasing aroma to Him. Prayers lifted up before God are considered as a pleasing aroma to God. Along with the prayers, anyone who puts his trust in God and obeys Him presents a pleasing aroma.
Taking time to pray, trust and obey God requires a sacrifice. It is a sacrifice to put self-desires to the side and do what is needed to please God. One is cleaned up by Jesus and made presentable to God.
Doing these things create an aroma that is pleasing to God, one that causes God to desire to be around a person even more than ever before. It makes the sacrifice of Jesus worth it all.
Your life is your offering to God in honor of what Jesus did for you in removing your sins and giving you life. Putting aside your desires and the things of this world is one thing that you can present to God as a pleasing sacrifice with a pleasing aroma.
Allow Jesus to clean you up of the sin and filth of this world so that you can present your life as a pleasing aroma to God, one that trusts in and obeys all the commands of God.
Does God smell a pleasing aroma when you are around?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be pleasing to God; that you will trust and obey God with your whole life; that God will be pleased with how you obey Him; and that you will be a pleasant aroma to God.
No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. 2 Timothy 2:4
Every good soldier in any military unit is focused on pleasing his commander. If he gets caught up in things outside the military, he will often fail as a soldier.
While most soldiers will do their job and stay focused upon it, there are some that get entangled into affairs and things outside the military. During times that things like this occur, often the soldier will get himself into a lot of trouble and sometimes even be removed from service.
Paul calls Timothy a soldier of Christ. He tells him that every soldier does not get tangled up with civilian affairs, but works to please his commander.
Not every person has chosen to be a part of a military service in his nation. It is a difficult life to live and requires a great sacrifice. However, every person who has chosen to believe in and follow Jesus, has also chosen to be in the military service of God, in God’s army.
While in God’s army the civilian affairs are the affairs of this world. It is the stepping into sin and sinful activities or doing anything that is against God’s will for one’s life.
The enemy is the mindset and actions of this world that is against Him. Sadly, many believers choose to get tangled up with the things of this world and end up falling into sin against God. Some purposefully continue in sin and still claim to believe in God forgetting that their aim was to please God, their commanding officer, with their life.
Pleasing God is not done to earn salvation, but because of the salvation given. The good soldier will do whatever he can to please God with all of his life.
If you have chosen to follow Jesus, you are automatically enlisted into God’s army. It is now your responsibility to obey and please God, your commanding officer.
Do not allow yourself to get tangled up in the affairs of this world. All the affairs of this world will get you is disappointment and death. They will turn your heart away from God, not all at once, but little by little, until God has to cast you away as a deserter–one who has abandoned his faith.
Who are you trying to please today?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will work to please God in every area of your life; that God will reveal to you the affairs of the world in your life; that you will be a great soldier in God’s army; and that you will not get tangled up with the temporary things of this world.
So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 2 Corinthians 5:9
Goals are something that nearly everyone talks about and many strive to make, while many others totally ignore. Those who are able to set a good goal and focus on it, usually are able to attain it with much work and perseverance.
Since it often takes a lot of work and focus to accomplish most goals, most people don’t really set them with full accomplishment in mind. They quit before they even have begun.
After talking about being away from the body, dead, it means to be at home with the Lord, Paul says that he makes it the goal to please God, whether in the body or away from it, alive or dead.
The goals the world is most often known to focus on and aim for are personal health, wealth and happiness. Some will set goals to help others in some social way. In all of these goals, the focus is on temporary pleasure and happiness of self or of others. Everything in this world will eventually fade away and be destroyed.
God is the only one who is completely eternal and owns everything. It is He who made this earth and every person in it. Since He is the head person, everything should be about pleasing Him.
Those who are true believers in Jesus realize that all they have and all they are is because of what Jesus had already did for them. In light of this revelation, their goal is to please Him in every way possible.
Pleasing God means one continually turns away from sin, immediately repents of any sins, strives to live as Christ lived, and strives to bring others to the Lord and help them live as Christ lived. God does not desire anything less or anything more.
Looking at your own personal life, what do you see as your greatest goal in this life? Do not allow it to be on temporary things that will perish and fade away, but on things that will last for eternity.
Only two things will last for eternity: your soul and the souls of everyone else around you. Focus on pleasing God with your life and with the lives of others. Be holy like God is holy.
Make it your goal to live as Jesus lived and you will please God.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that your goal in life will be to please God; that you will live as Jesus lived; that you will point others towards Jesus; and that God will help you turn from the ways of this world.