Scripture: 2 Samuel 24:24 “But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”
Truth: A sacrifice is worthless if it does not cost you something.
We live in a world where convenience has become the primary goal. A large number of folks will not engage themselves in an activity if it does not fit into their schedule. A large percentage of peoples’ dreams are deferred because they are not willing to pay the cost to fulfill their dream.
Accomplishing great things in life costs! It will cost you time, money and possibly sleepiness nights. Often times we may encounter extremeness obstacles in life such as a physical handicap, poverty, discrimination, spiritual attacks and sense of inferiority while trying to achieve an abundant life. Nevertheless, the benefits outweigh the cost of perseverance and pursuit. The Bible reminds us “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” 2 Corinthians 4:17.
At the age of seven years old, Abraham Lincoln and his sister walked 9 miles to and from school through the woods. When he was older, he would walk twenty miles just to borrow a book. It cost Abraham Lincoln time and long walks but later in life he became 16th president of the United States. In the year of 1863, he signed Emancipation Proclamation, which declared freedom for the slaves in the southern slave stated.
You must do the thing you cannot do “ Eleanor Roosevelt know as ugly duckling.
Jackie Robinson was the first Black baseball player to play for a major league. But it came as a huge cost. His sacrifices include abuse from fans and players alike.
Michael Jordan is considered one of the greatest basketball player that played the game. We talk about his years of success on the Chicago Bulls Team and how good he was. But it his skills came at a cost. In high school he attended basketball practice twice a day. He would spend an hour and a half practicing with the junior varsity team and two hours with varsity team.
The testimonies of those who were willing to pay the cost had three command traits for abundant living: Courage, Conviction and Commitment.
In today’s scripture, King David displayed courage, conviction and commitment to the Lord by addressing a sin issue. The Lord instructed David to take census of Israel and Judah. In turned, David delegates his task to Joab the commander of the army to enroll the fighting men, so that he may know how many there are. When the results came back and David hears how Israel has grown, the pride of sin set in his heart.
As a result of David’s sin, 70,000 men died because of one man’s sinful action. This troubled David and he immediately went to the prophet Gad who instructed with divine correction for David to repented and build an altar.
It takes courage to admit when you are wrong. David was convicted of his sin but he displayed commitment to God by presenting a sacrificial burnt offering.
Araunahi offered to give David the Threshing floor for the altar but David insisted on paying for it. We have to be willing to pay the cost to please God. We can’t be cheap to the one who woke us up this morning. We can’t be cheap to the one who spared their life for us. We can’t be cheap to the God who mercies are everlasting. Do not be a cheap Christian.
If you have a religion that cost you nothing than you have a religion that’s worth nothing.
David understood that it was going to cost him something to show God that this worship is for real. So, David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and fifty shekels of silver for then. He built an altar for the Lord and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings.
When you show God that you are serious and you test him, then and then after he will answer your prayers. “Then the Lord answered prayer in behalf of the land, and the plague on Israel was stopped.” 2 Samuel 24:25.
So many want a quick fix to our problems. After a catastrophe or devastating event, we are so quick to have prayer vigils or organized a violence walk. But God is looking so someone who is willing to offer something that will cost them in order to stop the plague. In order to live an abundant life, you have to be willing to give up your life.
Jesus spoke to the hurt of the large crowds that were traveling with him. In Luke 14:33 Jesus said, “any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” You have to be willing to pay the cost in order to receive the benefits of the Kingdom of God.
Most people are stuck on the matter of paying tithes and offering. Tithes and offering are the basic fundamentals of giving and receiving. Nevertheless, giving God something that will cost you requires a level of faith on trust in God. Even though it seems as it going to hurt you as you make the sacrifice, in the long run, it’s going to help you.
In Mark 10:29, Jesus further explains the reward for your sacrifice and cost: “ I tell you the truth, no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in the present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and fields and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life.
The abundant life returns 100 times our investment, which is a 10,000% return. An abundant life is promised to those is willing to pay the cost and serve God and partake in the divine nature filled with miracles and blessings.