That which costs nothing
1 Chronicles 21:23-24
Araunah said to David, “Take it! Let my lord the king do whatever pleases him. Look, I will give the oxen for the burnt offerings, the threshing sledges for the wood, and the wheat for the grain offering. I will give all this.’ But King David replied to Araunah, ‘No, I insist on paying the full price. I will not take for the LORD what is yours, or sacrifice a burnt offering that costs me nothing.’ NIV
David was commanded by the Lord to build an altar on Araunah’s threshing floor and offer a sacrifice of burnt offerings to the Lord to atone for his sin and turn away the plague that was sent against Israel. Araunah immediately offered to give David the land for the altar as well as the oxen and wheat for the sacrifice. David rejected Araunah’s gift saying he would not offer to the Lord that which cost him nothing. He insisted that he would pay the full price of all that he offered to the Lord.
A sacrifice that costs us nothing is really no sacrifice at all, isn’t it? And yet, how many times have we offered to the Lord that which costs us nothing? We give of our finances from what is left over, loose change so to speak. We give of our time to Him from spare time, perhaps time in between agendas. We give of ourselves what is left over after other demands – work, family, leisure – have been satisfied, the leftovers.
Loose change, spare time and leftovers – too often that is what we Christians offer to this God who loves us so greatly and gave that which was most precious to Him for our salvation. Jesus sacrificed everything that we might have everything in Him.
The King of Kings deserves the best we can offer to Him. He is God and must be worshipped and honoured as God. Let us love Him by offering to Him the best of ourselves, the best of our time, the best of our day, the choicest parts of all that we have. Offering that which is precious to us is surely a very precious aroma to our God. It touches His heart and tells Him that we think He is worthy of the very best we have to offer.
When David built the altar on the land that he had purchased and offered the sacrifice to the Lord with the oxen and flour he had bought from Araunah, I Chronicles 21:26 says, “The Lord answered Him with fire from heaven on the altar of burnt offerings.” Can I tell you that a precious offering to the Lord always brings down the fire of His presence upon the altar of our hearts! It releases an awesome blessing upon our lives. We cannot outgive God.
Give to the Lord your God precious offerings today. Let it be like a pleasant aroma rising over the altar of your heart. Then watch out for that glorious fire from heaven!
“Give God what’s right, not what’s left!”