Is it really a sacrifice if it has cost me nothing? David said that it was not, and insisted on buying the threshing floor from Araunah before he offered burnt offerings to the Lord.
For it really to be a sacrifice to give something to the Lord, there needs to be a sense of the cost to me. Perhaps it hurts a little to let it go, or I do without something I want so that I can give. What do I have that someone else needs more? The cost can be time, finances, material possessions, or anything that is important and precious to us.
Father, I do not want to be guilty of trying to figure out how little I can give and it still and still have it count as a sacrifice. I want to be a cheerful, willing giver. You have been so faithful to us over the years as we have given! I want that way of life to continue. Thank You for Your goodness. AMEN
I praise the Lord because He advises me. I feel His leading even at night. I will keep the Lord before me always, and be glad. Psalm 16
What is the Cost?
23 Araunah said to David, “Take this threshing floor. My master the king, do anything you want. Look, I will also give you oxen for the whole burnt offerings, the threshing boards for the wood, and wheat for the grain offering. I give everything to you.” 24 But King David answered Araunah, “No, I will pay the full price for the land. I won’t take anything that is yours and give it to the LORD. I won’t offer a burnt offering that costs me nothing.” 25 So David paid Araunah about fifteen pounds of gold for the place. (1 Chronicles 21:23-25 NCV)
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