I have a sweet friend on Facebook who is about 18 months pregnant. She looks awesome, has a happy face, is expectant as expectant can be – but she’s ready for that baby to make it’s entrance!
I think we are all ready, everyone who’s kept up with the entire pregnancy. We’ve shared the ups and downs, good days and bad, and we’ve been at the edge of our seats the last few weeks - and we wanna see pics of the little one!
Something this friend posted about a week ago – her husband got her Nutella and Nutter Butters to snack on. When I read that, my head got all swimmy – the two great tastes that woud obviously go great together, but I had not thought of it so I never had it before. I knew when I read that post that I had to have it – immediately!
We had the Nutella, but I had to go out to get Nutter Butters. Dang those things are expensive! And worth it!
Now, if you’ve never had Nutella, it has a distinctive flavor – very rich, chocolatey, nutty, thick. Some people can’t eat a lot of it at one time. I am not one of those people. A jar has 12 servings, and I can eat 12 jars all at once.
It also has a very rich, earthy aroma – if everything smelled like Nutella, everyone would always be happy. How’s that for a blanket statement?
So, I had all the ingredients of what I am going to start calling “Unicorn Feathers” and all that was left was the eating. And I ate it all! And then I had a stomach ache. Totally worth it though!
What is it about certain tastes, certain smells, that compel us to overindulge? You can have too much of a very good thing, you know. Moderation is generally the key, except for in certain felonies I suppose.
I’m glad God is not like that. Did you know that the bible says that our worship is like a sweet savor to God? Check out Gen 8:21, Lev 6:21, Lev 8:28, 2 Cor 2:15, Eph 5:2 – all of these verses (in KJV) talk about a sweet savor. Modern translations miss out on this, calling it an aroma, or a fragrance.
There is so much more than the sense of smell involved in the word “savor.” The verb form means to enjoy completely, while the noun form means “a characteristic, pleasant smell and flavor.” You can only savor what is already a part of you – before that you can smell it or see it but only imagine how you will feel afterward.
As an offering, worship is both noun and verb – it is pleasing to Him, something that enables Him to enjoy us completely, and in return we can enjoy Him the same way.
A story that comes to mind is from John 12:1-7. Jesus is in Bethany, and he was the honored guest at dinner. At this dinner, as they reclined around the table, Mary came to Jesus and broke a vial of costly perfume and annointed His feet. The smell of the perfume permeated the entire house.
This was her act of worship, and so it should be with us. We are honored to have Christ with us and in us! He is in our midst, and dwells in the temple of our hearts – and our worship should be pure, it should be costly, and the result of our worship should have an affect on those around us.
This is the type of worship that gets God at the edge of His seat. This kind of worship is exciting to Him and life changing for us. There is a great expectancy in true worship – God is here! He’s in our midst! And the outcome is that God works in us, so that our lives – that collection of ups and downs, good days and bad – blend together into something that is worthy of His affection. We are put right in worship!
There’s never a wrong time or bad time to worship – in your car on the way to work, at the dentist’s office, during your lunch break, at school. Whenever, and every time you enter into God’s presence, make it a time pleasing to Him, enjoy Him, let Him enjoy you! Be a sweet savor to God!