A Pleasing Aroma

Another thing Paul tells us about a living sacrifice—a life totally available to God—is that it’s acceptable or pleasing to God. Again Paul borrows the Old Testament language of Temple worship, which used this word to describe the aroma of a proper sacrifice—”a pleasing aroma” to the Lord.

The New Testament sacrifice of radical availability is also pleasing to God because it forms in us a personal motive and opportunity for specific obedience—a way of life that pleases God. As we live this way, we ourselves become revelations of His righteousness. We are no longer working to develop some legalistic merit, but we are set free to pursue the pleasure of the one we love and worship. The moral law of God becomes a guide to liberation rather than a simple death sentence. Radical Availability is the essence of the Christian life.

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