Give God your best

'I will pay... I will not offer to the Lord... sacrifices that have cost me nothing.' 2 Samuel 24:24 GNT

Instead of trusting God for victory over his enemies, David counted his troops to measure his strength. God wasn't pleased and a plague hit Israel that wiped out seventy thousand people. In order to stop the plague, David was told: 'Build an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite' (2 Samuel 24:18 NLT). Araunah offered his threshing floor and oxen to David free of charge. But David said: 'No, I will pay you for it. I will not offer to the Lord my God sacrifices that have cost me nothing' (2 Samuel 24:24 NLT).

The old Anglo-Saxon word for worship is 'worth-ship', which is the act of giving worth or value to a person or object. Worship should cost us: our time, money or something else - it's about putting God first. God is not asking for equal giving, but equal sacrifice. When the widow put in two coins as her offering, it would have seemed a very small gift compared with what other people were giving. But Jesus said: 'Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything - all she had to live on.' (Mark 12:43-44 NIV).

So whether we're worshipping, serving or giving, let's make sure we're giving God our best.

So what now? Have a think about how you are spending your time and money. Where might you be able to make changes or sacrifice to give God your very best?

Soulfood: Exo 39-40 Luke 15:11-32 Ps 135 Pro 7:21-23,

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