What Has It Cost You?

It was a good deal! The charger would have cost $80 if I ordered it directly from the company, but I got it for only $20 on Amazon. Sometimes what seems like a good deal at the time ends up being a huge problem. After my third cheap charger failed, I realized the better deal, in the long run, would have been paying the higher cost up front. Anything worth having is worth paying the price.

What determines value is how much someone is willing to pay for it. We know that the gift God gives us is free, but it isn’t cheap. It has incredible value because Jesus paid the ultimate cost for our salvation. One principle of life is that we often get out what we put in. When we pour ourselves into something we find great satisfaction when it is completed. On the other hand, if we didn’t have to work hard to get something, it isn’t a big deal when we lose it.

King David had sinned by taking a census of the people of Israel even though God had instructed them to not take a census. When you say your descendants will not be countable, it doesn’t make much sense to try and count them. God gave David a choice of consequences and he picked the one with the shortest time span. He was then instructed to go to this specific spot and build an altar to sacrifice to the Lord.  Problem. a man named Araunah owned the property and worked there. Araunah saw the King coming and naturally told the King that he would give him the land free of charge.

1 Chronicles 21:24 (NLT) But King David replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on buying it for the full price. I will not take what is yours and give it to the Lord. I will not present burnt offerings that have cost me nothing!”

David refused to give a sacrifice to the Lord that cost him nothing. He understood that for it to truly be His sacrifice, it had to cost him something. How many times do we come into the house of the Lord to worship Him and yet, it doesn’t cost us anything? How many days do we neglect prayer and the study of His word? Too often we are guilty of giving God our leftovers instead of sacrificing and really pouring ourselves into our relationship with Him. To truly grow closer to the Lord it will cost you something. God honored David’s willingness to sacrifice.

2 Chronicles 3:1 (NLT) So Solomon began to build the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to David, his father. The Temple was built on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, the site that David had selected.

The spot where David resolved to only offer to the Lord a sacrifice that cost him something is the very spot chosen to build the temple of the Lord! So what does that mean for us? Solomon reminds us as he is preparing to build the temple that God is so big He can’t really be contained in a building.

2 Chronicles 2:5-6 (NLT)“This must be a magnificent Temple because our God is greater than all other gods. But who can really build him a worthy home? Not even the highest heavens can contain him! So who am I to consider building a Temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices to him?

How much less could He be contained in a man?

1 Corinthians 3:16 (NLT) Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?

Yet, He tells us that we are His temple! His very presence dwells in us! How much more powerful does that make His promise in 2 Chronicles 7?

2 Chronicles 7:15-16 (NLT) My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place. 16 For I have chosen this Temple and set it apart to be holy—a place where my name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to my heart.

All these scriptures working together really give new meaning to being a living sacrifice.

Romans 12:1 (NLT) And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him

We are His temple! We must live our lives in such a way that truly honors Him. All we do is not for ourselves, but for His glory. The cost is great, but what we gain is beyond value. I challenge you to truly let your life be a living sacrifice poured out to the Lord. Be willing to invest your time, even when it is inconvenient or you struggle to find the energy. Pursue a deeper relationship with God. No matter the cost.

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