How Much Does this Cost?

March 16, 2010 at 10:49 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Imagine the surprise and fear of Ornan the Jebusite. There he was with his four sons, threshing wheat, when he looked back and saw the angel of the Lord. The five of them quickly hid until King David appeared, at which point Ornan came out, bowed before David, and offered to freely give him the threshingfloor, his oxen, his tools, and all his wheat (I Chronicles 21:20-23).

We can not say for sure whether Ornan was motivated by a desire to bless God’s servant, or by a desire to curry favor with the politically and militarily mighty David. However, we can discern a great Biblical principle from David’s response.

On the threshingfloor of the Christian life, where the wind of God’s sovereign grace blows through the lives of believers, separating the wheat from the chaff, conforming them to the image of His Son, we will have opportunities to make “offerings” to the Lord. These offerings may be material or financial offerings. They may be offerings of time spent in Bible study, prayer, and worship. They may be offerings of physical labor for the house of God or for a neighbor in need. However, we must resolve, like David, not to offer an offering to the Lord which has cost us nothing.

And king David said to Ornan, Nay; but I will verily buy it for the full price: for I will not take that which is thine for the LORD, nor offer burnt offerings without cost.

I Chronicles 21:24


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