Skip to main content

What will it cost you?

I feel a word brewing up inside of me as I’m reading 2nd Samuel 24. David was commanded to take a census of Israel and Judah and David sinned against the Lord and begged of God to take away his iniquity. God gave him 3 choices of punishment and David pretty much wanted God to choose. So God chose to send a pestilence. This plague killed 70,000 people.

Gad the prophet told David to build an altar for the Lord in order to stay the plague from the people. David was commanded to build the altar in the threshingfloor of Araunah the Jebusite. David wanted to pay for the threshingfloor, and Araunah wanted to give it him, free, alongside of his oxen and threshing instruments. And David declined and said I will buy it at a price as I will not offer the Lord what doesn’t cost me anything.

Vs. 24, …Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the Lord my God of that which doth cost me nothing. (KJV)

Right then and there, I was wowed. That really stood out to me. David is going to offer a sacrifice unto God yet someone else offers for free the very things he needs for the sacrifice. At this point, how is the sacrifice mine?! Sacrifices to God are meant to cost you something. Being in God’s grace and mercy should cost you something. The same way he paid the price for you, you have a price to pay for Him! Your walk with God has to cost you.

You can’t come before God the same way you used to be. You have more appreciation for things you’ve paid for - those things that have cost you a price, than for those things that have not. If someone gave you a car for free, let’s say your parents, most people would not care for the car the same way as if they had worked hard, saved all of their paychecks, and paid for the car themselves. When my best friend got her first car, she did and still does everything in her power to keep it up. You have more appreciation and value for those things that cost YOU.

Digging a bit deeper, your walk with God is going to cost you your heart. Where is your heart? Not the physical location but where does your heart’s honor, desires, and sufferings lie? What are the things that mean the most to you? Are you willing to sacrifice them for God? Your relationship with God has to cost you something.

It may cost you your friends, your job, your relationship, your worldly possessions, your vices… I was just telling my aunt yesterday that a relationship with God is a two-way street. We spend so much time asking God for things and expecting his blessings but what are you offering God?

Besides the belief of his son Jesus Christ, He only requires your heart! What are you willing to give up to be with him? What are you willing to give up to receive all the blessings he has in store for you? Your relationship with God has to cost you something and guess what…you can’t ride the coattail of others. You cannot offer God what doesn’t belong to you.

Let me tell you, my relationship with God cost me. It cost me my familiarity, my friends, my home, my financial stability, the way I dressed, the way I talked, the music I listened to, the things I found fun, my relationship…I paid the price for my walk with God in exchange for the price he paid for me when he redeemed me and delivered me from eternity in hell. I will always sacrifice myself and deny myself as an offering before the Lord!!!!

Back in the Old Testament (several books but namely Leviticus for reference), you were supposed to offer the best in your flock as an offering to God, not the lame or the blemished one. That shows right there that your offering had to cost you something. Offering a lame calf, which was one that no one would buy and you’d probably kill, was disobedient and against God’s law. You were to offer your best – the one that would have made you the most. The offering of it was your cost…your price…your payment. They never went before the Lord empty-handed or with something that wasn’t a sacrifice for them to give.

How dare you go before God with nothing?! How dare you go before God in expectation of deliverance with an offering that does not mean anything to you?! Your offering is meant to ask God to deliver you from whatever you are going through. Yet, most of us want something for NOTHING.

Your offering is supposed to be supplication of God to be your stay in the time of negativity – to be your deliverer, just as the Lord was a stay for David and the people in the time of the plague as a result of his offering. Your offering is meant to deliver you from the mess of your marriage, the mess of your kids, the mess of your finances, the mess of your health, the mess of your heart. But what are you offering?! Your walk with God is going to cost you, what are you willing to sacrifice?



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Call Your Mom!

I spent years keeping my mom distant, never letting her get too close. I didn’t trust her. I couldn’t trust her. There was too much hurt and pain. I shut down on her years ago. I went through so much and I needed her. She wasn’t there the way I needed her. Fast forward to being pregnant with my daughter and I realized how much I wanted to have an awesome relationship with her. Compensating for what my mother and I didn’t have. Then it hit me. How can my daughter have what she doesn’t see? How can she know how to open up to me and trust me if she doesn’t see it with me and my mom? Everything we do, even the things we don’t notice, are being recorded by these little sponges. It was at that moment, I chose to change the dynamics of my relationship with my mom. Let me be clear. Did my mom change for me to change? No! Nope, she didn’t! But God changed me. God changed my views of her. God healed my hurting places, my wounds from her, and filled them with other sentiments like love, honor, an

He Is...

The other day my friend and I were talking and she was going through her own trials that seem to have her down. She said she couldn’t sleep and couldn’t stop crying. It seemed like everything was getting her at once and she could only take it one day at a time. Let me give you some history on my friend, a little back story. We met in a time where I was uncertain about where I was with God. I knew God, and prayed to God, but I had cut Jesus out of my life. Remember in one of my previous journals I mentioned how I believed the hype that worshipping Jesus was idol worshipping and it was a sin. Because after all, idol worshipping was breaking one of the commandments. Yeah, someone whom never cracked open the Bible at least knew the basics right? WRONG! Well anyway, she and I had gone on a dinner date to Baltimore and on the drive home, we began talking about Jesus and I asked who Jesus was to her. She said God. I said how I felt Jesus wasn’t God. He may be real, he may have existed, bu

Co-parenting Prayer

I enrolled my daughter in a second gymnastics class so that her dad could participate. The class is on Mondays. Well, the Sunday prior he did not come to see her until 8pm. I wasn’t feeling that at all. So the Monday after, he found out that I got my minivan and was upset. Why would I get a new car because I can’t afford it…I’m already questioning where my money is going now…I’m like excuse me wait hold on a second, my car is not your concern and your money goes to taking care of our daughter. I mentioned how the little money he gives me is not enough to truly cover our daughter and how I put out more for her and I have my own bills. He said that had nothing to do with him and I said neither does my car. I hate confrontation especially with him. But I’m done with being bullied. He came inside to pick up our daughter and wanted to continue his argument. Asked me who I thought I was talking to…in my home lol. Because I refused to continue the dramatics, he was especially upset. As a r