But the king [David] 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 of silver for them (2 Samuel 24:24).
Wictionary defines the word sacrifice in this way: to give away something valuable to get at least a possibility to gain something else of value, or to avoid an even greater loss.
Accomplishing God's plan for your life will contain many sacrifices, such as:
- Giving your talents and abilities to your church costs you time and energy.
- Tithing to your church costs you financially.
- Getting out of debt costs you time, energy, and patience.
- Building a family that pleases God costs time, energy, and finances.
- Investing in the advancement of others costs time, energy, and finances.
- Joy and satisfaction from using our gifts for God's glory.
- Joy and satisfaction from investing monetarily into God's Kingdom.
- Freedom from debt.
- A family that loves the Lord and one another.
- Strong friendships and relationships that will last a lifetime.
What sacrifices have you made that cost you much at the front end, but have reaped many rewards at the end?