Neither will I offer burnt-offerings unto the Lord my God of that which doth cost me nothing. (2 Sam. 24:24)When David was instructed to offer burnt offerings where the Lord had stopped the pestilence, Araunah offered as an outright gift a threshing floor, oxen, and wood for the fire. But David insisted on buying these things. He would not offer to the Lord something that cost him nothing.We know that it costs nothing to become a Christian, but we should also know that a life of genuine discipleship costs plenty. A religion that costs nothing is worth nothing.Too often the extent of our commitment is determined by considerations of convenience, cost, and comfort. Yes, well go to the prayer meeting if we arent tired or if we dont have a headache. Yes, well teach the Bible Class as long as it doesnt conflict with a weekend in the mountains.It makes us nervous to pray in public, to give a testimony, to preach the Gospeltherefore, we remain silent. We have no desire to help at the rescue mission for fear of picking up lice or fleas. We shut out any thought of the mission field because of a horror of snakes or spiders.Our giving is too often a tip instead of a sacrifice. We give what we will never missunlike the widow who gave all. Our hospitality is determined by the measure of expense, inconvenience and mess to our homesunlike the soul winner who said that every rug in his house has been stained by drunks throwing up on them. Our availability to people in need ceases when we lie down on our water bedunlike the elder who was willing to be roused at any time in order to be of spiritual or material assistance.Very often when the call of Christ comes to us, we are prone to ask ourselves, Whats in it for me? or Will it pay? The question is rather, Is this an offering that really costs? It has been well said, It is better in the spiritual life that things should cost than that they should pay.When we think of what our redemption cost our Savior, it seems a poor return that we should hold back from cost and sacrifice for Him.
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon