A Sweet Smelling Offering

This is my first personal blog entry in a long time. In this blog website, it’s my first; the other entries are thoughts regarding Biblical truths or theology. I share this entry in hopes of showing just how awesome God is with His dealing with me and His creation.

My ultimate goal in life is to be like Jesus Christ. I know I fall short all the time but I’m pressing toward the mark. In my opinion, the main purpose for Christ coming to earth was to glorify God the Father. Jesus dying on the cross and rising again was part of this. Since I want to be like Christ, I want my life to bring glory to my heavenly Father. One way is to obey Him and in Matthew 28, I’m told to “Go and make disciples.” Sharing my faith with family members, friends, and co-workers is my way of going. I am willing to go anywhere God leads, but He has had me stay (except for two times moving away but coming back) in the area I was raised. This past Sunday our Executive Pastor spoke on sharing our faith and he mentioned “Chick Tracts.” These are traits that are in comic form but in your face with the need for salvation. This illustration made me remember my years in high school. In high school, I carried in my back pocket a New Testament Bible; I called it my dagger. I still have it and it has dirt imbedded in the pages from where I carried it to my job at a nursery. The summer before my senior year, I was challenged to carry my Bible to school and I did. I carried it to all my classes. My last semester, I discovered Chick Tracts at a local store and carried them around as well. This leads me to a person that I had not thought of since 1991. This goes with going and the Chick Tracts.

In all my classes my senior year, I would give tracts to all who wanted one. I invited my classmates to our youth dept and church all the time. In my senior English class was a guy names Thomas whom I’ve known since 7th grade. Thomas got to the point where he would ask me if I have a new tract he could read. I would give it to him and at the end the class he would always give it back. He never visited our church while we were in high school. We graduated in 1989, and I left for Baptist Bible Church in Springfield, MO and I had never known Thomas’ plans. After my second year in college, I came home for a visit and went on a visit with the College and Career Ministry leader. He shared with me that the man we were to visit had gotten saved a few weeks before and we were following up. When the door opened, it was Thomas. He had gotten saved at church just before I came home. This speaks of how awesome God is in His dealing with us. I just did what Jesus spoke that famers did in casting their seeds. I was casting the gospel seeds in high school and this seed took root; I’m sure watered by others. After our visit, Thomas transfers from TCC to UVA and I wonder where God has placed him. Because of Christ’s obedience to God the Father and the salvation we have I will see Thomas again.

In my prayers to God, I pray that my life will be a sweet smelling offering to God’s holy nostrils. This is taken from the incense offering in Exodus 30. I am far from perfect but I want to be all God needs from me. I know He doesn’t need me but I need Him. As I thought about putting my thoughts in this blog, an old hymn keeps playing in my head so I will conclude with “Take My Life, and Let it Be.”

Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee,
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee,
Filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose,
Every power as Thou shalt choose.
Take my will, and make it Thine;
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart; it is Thine own;
It shall be Thy royal throne,
It shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love; my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure-store.
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee,
Ever, only, all for Thee.

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