When God is bringing judgment upon Israel in the form of a plague of death God instructs David to offer a sacrifice and he gives him the precise place to do this. The site is the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, and Araunah wants to give it to the king free of charge plus everything needed for the sacrifice. I think we learn a very valuable lesson from David’s response … “No, I insist on buying it, for I will not present burnt offerings to the LORD my God that have cost me nothing.” (2 Samuel 24:24 NLT) Wow, does that not cut you to your core?
How often do we give God what cost us nothing? Many times our churches are full of these types of gifts … hand me down toys for the nursery, used playground equipment, tattered books for the library, and all sorts of various decorations. Now giving the churched used but still good gifts is nice and appreciated if it is something the church really needs. But how often do we replace our TV with a new one and give the old one to the church. That gift, while appreciated did not really cost the giver. If our gifts really cost us, too many churches would not be feeling the budgets grow smaller and smaller.
I wonder what the church could do if its members gave an offering to their church like David did; offerings that caused them to stretch their faith, offerings that caused them to rely on God, offerings that really caused them to sacrifice. If this was the type of giving our churches experienced more mouths could be fed, more poor could be clothed, more life skills could be taught, but most importantly the reach of the gospel would go much further and much deeper.
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