Ephesians 5:2. “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”
The city of Ephesus certainly did not walk in the love that Jesus exampled. They worshipped the goddess Diana, and there was great sexual sin involved in that worship. Paul admonished the new believers in Ephesus to put away the old habits, to live pure and holy before the people of the city, and to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ. His obedience to God was a “sweet-smelling savor,” a sacrifice that was fragant to God.
As our nation becomes more secularized and less God-centered, we too are devolving into great immorality. Don’t misunderstand me. There has always been sin. The difference is that it was kept in the dark and not flaunted. Today, sin is presented boldly. Demands are made that it be legalized, and those demands are being obeyed. At the same time, Christianity is coming under stronger attack than ever. Our idol may not be Diana, but it is most certainly worship of all that is fleshly.
We can be, as Jesus was, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God if we determine to walk in His love.