“you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
acceptable to God
“Acceptable” is a double compound word. “Acceptable” comes from three Greek words put into one word: 1) good or favorable, 2) face to face (that one can accept to oneself), 3) to receive. “Acceptable” then means what one can receive face to face to oneself favorably. When we offer sacrifices to God, he readily accepts them to himself because of Jesus Christ. God receives our gifts to himself with pleasure.
This term means that which is very favorably accepted. God is delighted with offerings to him (Ro 15:16). The offering of the whole person pleases God very much. God is pleased when he detects spirituality in the lives of those who love him.
We please God by our spirituality.
Do you want to put a smile on the face of God? We can put a smile on his face by offering spiritual sacrifices to him. When we give everything that we are to him, it honors him.