Week 21 : Paying The Price
S: 1 Chron 21 : 21 – 24
24 But King David replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on buying it for the full price. I will not take what is yours and give it to the Lord. I will not present burnt offerings that have cost me nothing!”
O: One of the uses of our gift is in sacrifice like the burnt offering – worship unto God. As King, David would often have been offered gifts and resources that he did not have to pay for. However, David understood the power of sacrifice so he insisted that he could not present a sacrifice to God which cost him nothing. After that David prayed and the Lord answered by sending fire from heaven to burn up the offering. As seen here, our skill can be used to build altars, a place to sacrifice. We cannot offer a sacrifice to God that has not cost us anything. Putting it into context, as a Christian musician our mindsets should be that our gifts are first offered unto God. What we offer should not be in its raw state but developed such that it has cost us something because everything of worth comes at a cost. Unless we are willing to pay the price it is highly unlikely we will get to enjoy or access the full power of our gift.
A: What are the things you can do to develop your gift? How much are they going to cost you in money, time and resources? Choose at least one thing and do it, no matter the cost, pay the price.
P: Lord thank you for the gifts you have freely given me. Today I choose to give you my best no matter the cost.