2Samuel 24:24 And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
David has sinned against God. He has come to give an offering. He has repented of his sin. The man offers to give him all he needs to make his offering and sacrifice to God. David refuses and says, I will not offer unto God that which doesnâ€™t cost me anything.
The question that comes today is how often do we treat God lightly as though He were not important or did not deserve any thing from us. We willing accept His forgiveness and salvation and yet many revolt at the idea that He should be their Lord and King. True salvation will call you to come to Him on His terms and not yours. It will change the way you think and the way you talk to Him and about HIm. He is God and deserves to be treated that way.
Offerings are one of the first things that cause people to rebel. They do not want anyone thinking that they should be giving. We rebel at the very thought of even turning from sin. We turn from what isn’t important but not from that pet sin. We get angry if someone preaches and the idea crosses our childâ€™s mind that God might use his or her life on the mission field.
Will you admit that we want to serve a cheap god or at least serve cheaply. Salvation is free. We are saved by His grace but since when do we come into this relationship treating God has the big heavenly servant that jumps at our every command and meets our needs. Since when do we have the attitude that God is to bless us.
Jesus told those that would follow HIm that there would be a very high price. Matthew 16:24, Matthew 10:32-39 Has anything changed? When did He become the God of that we see and hear about on TV and in our church. When did He quit being the Commander in Chief.
The TV show â€œWhoâ€™s the boss!â€ sums it up well. Not only does it address the idea of marriage but you might say we could ask that question about God and your relationship to HIm. I challenge you today to say to HIm that you are His servant and there ready to serve and obey. I beg you to acknowledge Him as who He already is.
I am challenging you to be ready to sacrifice! I am challenging you to say I will not come lightly before God nor offer Him something that costs me nothing.