PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Costly WorshipMarcus Sanders
"But the king replied to Araunah, "No, I insist on paying what it is worth. I cannot take what is yours and give it to the LORD. I will not offer a burnt offering that has cost me nothing!"" (1 Chronicles 21:24 (NLT))
The angel through Gad instructed David to build an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. It is interesting this location is a significant location. This is the sight where Abraham offered Issac as a sacrifice. This is also the location where King Solomon will build the temple. This area has been a prime spot for God's revelations to the prophets.David knew that he was responsible for God's judgment. He was the one who sinned in taking the census and his people were innocent. David said, "Let your anger fall on me, and not onYour people." (v.17) So his first response to God was his acknowledgement ofsin.Secondly, he was willing to do whateverwas necessary to bring restoration. God wanted David to build and altar and present a sacrifice that would symbolize his repentance and worship. This sacrifice would be his and could not come from others to give in his place.Araunah, wanted to give anything the King needed for the sacrifice. King David I’ll give you the threshing floor, the oxen for the sacrifice, the wheat, and wood, whatever let me know. Great deal, I didn’t ask, the man just wants t give it to me, let me chock it up to blessing from the Lord. But freebees are not always the right answers to the question especially this one. This respond to God's request will cost David.
I remember at a garage sale I was looking at three ceramic spice containers. The lady wanted one dollar a piece. Two of the pieces had chips so I asked if she would take 50 cents for all. She agreed, but I looked into her eyes and saw something there. She didn’t have much to sell and I felt that she needed the money. I check my heart, why was I trying to bring it down when I knew that one dollar for each was a good deal even with the cracks? I was trying to get the freebee using the garage sale mentality of bringing the price down. In a matter of seconds I told her I would give a dollar for each. Could I have got those items cheap? Could I have saved two dollar and 50 cents? Yes, but deep inside I knew that I ripped off someone who deserved her price. I wanted the blessing of the items without paying the deserved price.This was a good heart check for me. It's easy to develop the garage sale mentality in getting things that don't cost me much. I can take this mentality into ministry, into worship, into relationships, and to God by looking for blessings that don't cost me much. Where will that take me? What kind of leader will I be?King David spoke volumes when he said,“I will not offer a burnt offering that has cost me nothing!” The sacrifice I give will cost me everything. The worship I give to God will cost me everything. The blessing I receive from God is the result of the price I pay in the sacrifice. Rom 12:1"I appeal to you therefore, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual sacrifice of worship." Acceptable worship to God will cost me everything.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your free gift of salvation. It cost you everything to send Jesus to die for my sin. You bankrupt Heaven so that I can be redeemed and given me the guarantee of Your Holy Spirit.I give my all to you, surrendering my life as a living sacrifice, set apart for Your purposes. Spirit of God keep my heart in check in remembering that I am a living sacrifice. I will not offer a sacrifice that cost me nothing. You deserve all the glory, praise and honor in Jesus Name.