2Sa 24:22-24 “And Araunah said unto David, Let my lord the king take and offer up what seemeth good unto him: behold, here be oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing instruments and other instruments of the oxen for wood. All these things did Araunah, as a king, give unto the king. And Araunah said unto the king, The LORD thy God accept thee. And the king said unto Araunah, 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. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.”
David refused to take something that cost him nothing and offer it to the Lord. To go after convenience is not worship. ‘Strange fire’ costs nothing.
For someone to say, ‘I will push away those things that are pleasing and part of our sustenance (as in a fast),’ you are worshipping. When you deny yourself and sacrifice, you are worshipping.
Giving up coffee for a time is a big deal. Giving up meat and sugar and chocolate for a time is a sacrifice. It is worship. Giving up media, video games and videos for a time is sacrifice, worship.
When you tell your flesh, ‘No, you will not have your way,’ you are worshipping. If you are married and you walk away from a person who is flirting with you, you are being holy. That is worship. When you walk away from a group of people who are speaking evil, ungodly things, you are worshipping.
Fasting is just a way of seeing it in a very real and personal way. If you live a life of fasting, denying your flesh, fasting from sin and the pleasures of this world, you are sacrificing and worshipping. From the moment you wake up in the morning to the moment you go to bed at night, you are giving glory to God. You are worshipping.
Can you live a life that is glorious before the Lord?
There’s a lie going around that says, ‘Nobody’s perfect.’ The Bible says Job was perfect—complete. We can live a life that is holy and glorious and sanctified before the Lord. Whether you’re singing or just doing work at your desk, you can still live a life of sacrifice, worship unto the Lord.
Yes, God wants you to do things His way, but He’s loving and giving.
Every time God made a covenant with His people, a sacrifice took place. God made all kinds of promises. God doesn’t lie. The promises of God are yea and amen. It’s a sure deal.
Now that we know all the hard things that we have to do, we need to realize that God doesn’t want us to do those things with no expectation of reward. You will be rewarded. God will keep all of His promises. Whatever you think that you can gain from living your life your way, pails in significance to what God can give you. When you do things God’s way and submit to Him, and live to the beauty of holiness and sacrifice and refuse to partake in the things that aren’t pleasing to Him, blessings will flow from that. Blessings will flow, not just money.
‘Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven, and all these things will be added unto you,’ Mat 6:33.
I don’t believe Abraham wanted to give up Isaac in sacrifice. But, when Abraham lifted up that knife, an angel stopped him. God will push you further than you think you can go, but He will bless you for it.
The greatest sacrifice that you could make is your own life. Present your body a living sacrifice. ‘Lord, I want to worship You with my life, my thoughts, my words. I want to live for You in the beauty of holiness.’
Excerpted from a sermon preached by: Pastor Skip Christo