A Fragrant Offering

Purple wildflowers by a mountain lake at sunrise

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.—Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV

Have you ever walked into a place that smelled beautiful? Scented candles, potpourri, brewing coffee or fresh cookies in the oven can be very inviting, drawing us in and making us want to stay for a while.

In a similar way, if we carry the scent of Christ in our daily walk, people will be drawn to us and want to “stay for a while.” But how do we give off that amazing, inviting fragrance?

There’s really only one way—by imitating God. By patterning our actions after His. By loving others fully. By seeing them through His eyes. By looking with great compassion on those who are hurting, as Jesus did when He went about healing the sick and pouring out His life for those in need.

As we live a life of love in front of those we care for, we exude the sweetest fragrance of all—Christ. That’s one aroma that can’t be bottled!

Today's Prayer:

Dear Lord, I long to live a life that points people to You. As I care for those in need, may the sweet-smelling aroma of You and Your love be an invitation for people to draw near.

Adapted from Strength & Grace: Daily Devotions for Caregivers, a new publication from Guideposts