12/7/13: Cheap Sacrifice

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When my great-niece, Destini, was seven years old, she set up an appointment with me because she wanted to write books. When I arrived at her house, we sat across the table from each other and she laid out four folded pieces of paper on which she had written the titles of her books. The problem was each book had only two pages, the insides of the folded paper and she wanted to know how she could add more pages. We discussed what she could talk about in each book and her ideas became her chapter outlines.

At the end of our meeting, I jokingly said, “Okay now, Destini, my bill for this consultation will be in the mail.” She promptly pulled a dollar out of he pocket – her hard-earned allowance – and paid me.

How apropo that on that very morning I should read Second Samuel 24 which tells of David needing to offer a sacrifice to God. David offers to purchase property on which to build the altar he needed, but the owner of the land said he’d give David the land and the oxen for the sacrifice. David replied, “ No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God with that which costs me nothing…”  Second Samuel 24:24 (NKJ).

In her own way, Destini realized the value of the time I had spent with her so she paid me, she sacrificed, out of that for which she had worked. David realized that the only kind of real sacrifice he could give to God was that which cost him something. To qualify as a sacrificial offering, what we give must be living, costly, and precious. If it is not, or offering is a cheap sacrifice, not worthy of acceptance by God.

Are we giving God cheap sacrifices? Are we only giving Him our “extra” time, our expendable talent, and our left over treasure? Or are we offering Him that which costs us something? I have never read in the Bible any instance when someone sacrificed to God and came away empty, wanting, or without. What will our sacrifice be today?

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 

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~ by sanewriter on December 7, 2013.

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