April 11, 2017

April 11, 2017

2 SAMUEL22-24

Focus Verse: However, the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God which cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
2 Samuel 24:24

 

Worship is costly. It has to be. David has an opportunity here to offer a sacrifice to God that is free of charge, but he knows that God doesn’t honor that kind of giving. Throw back to Genesis and Cain and Abel. Abel gives a costly offering to God, Cain gives God his leftovers. Which one does God bless? Abel’s!

 

David is in a position here where he can’t give God his leftovers. We all need to be pushed to that position where our leftovers aren’t good enough for God. And we need to stop thinking that worship is just thirty minutes during a church service.

 

True worship, costly worship, requires every part of your life. We cannot give God half-hearted sacrifice. The very definition of the word sacrifice would suggest that there’s no way to do it half way. Then look at our example: was there anything in the life of Christ, the life we are to emulate, that would suggest anything but a life of costly worship to God?

 

What does costly worship to God look like in your life right now? Whatever that looks like, can we commit, like King David, that we will not give to God that which costs us nothing?

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