The cost of true sacrifice

But King David said to Ornan, “No, but I will buy them for the full price. I will not take for the LORD what is yours, nor offer burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” —1 Chronicles 21:24 ESV

Are there some principles for us to follow or some application to our own lives here?  David did not want to give to the Lord that which cost him nothing. Is that what true worship is all about?  True sacrifice costs you something. David is saying to Ornan, “How can I worship the Lord with that which has cost me nothing?”

Paul,  in Romans 12:1 says “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”


3 thoughts on “The cost of true sacrifice

  1. This is so true, I used this for a sermon topic when I was still pastoring. We miss the mark on this, often, not because our works are lacking, but because our attitude is lacking! Blessings to you and yours!

  2. Amen. Glory be to God. As I read this verse it reminded me of 2 Samuel 24:18-24. David was supposed to build an altar to the Lord. So he went Araunah the Jebusite to buy threshing floor but Araunah insisted that he will offer David, the threshing floor without a cost. David responded ” No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing. So David bough the threshing floor and oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver for them. He built the altar and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then the Lord answered David’s prayer in behalf of the land, and the plague on Israel stopped.”. We have to worship the Lord, our God in spirit and in truth.

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