2 Samuel 24:24 (NIV)
24 But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels[a] of silver for them.
When WE use terms like offering and sacrifice, what exactly does that mean to GOD? We give God our time, we serve in our churches, and we give of our finances, but how does God view these things? I would venture to say, if what we are offering means little to nothing to us…it probably means little to nothing to God. It’s like the concept of regifting things that we didn’t want in the first place. If the receiver of the gift knew that it didn’t cost us anything to give, the gift would probably lose some of its’ value. Sometimes we rush through the routine of giving and miss the fact that what we are giving is slowly losing its value.
David had sinned in numbering the people of Israel, and judgment had come. David’s heart was now repentant and tender before God, and so Gad the prophet tells him to build an altar unto the LORD. Instead of offering something that cost him nothing, he paid for it. He bought the threshing floor and the oxen, when he could have gotten it for free. But so what...David was a king with virtually unlimited funds. You see, David’s heart valued his relationship with God. He was brought to a place of TRUE remorse and repentance, and that is what gave value to what he offered. The fact that he WANTED to pay meant more to God than the fact that he paid.
The value of what we give God doesn’t come from the cost or size of the offering. It comes from the heart of the one who gives it