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Thought for the Day by Chris Dalton (BH Member)
We find the story about King David and the threshing floor in 2 Samuel 24:18 – 25 where God commands David to “...raise an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.” So, David goes to Araunah and they discuss the threshing floor and David is offered it for free along with oxen for a burnt offering...here is David’s response,
“I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”
The other picture above is depicting the woman with an alabaster jar of expensive ointment who poured it out over Jesus’ feet, whom we read about in Luke 7:36 – 50. The ointment was valuable but the cost to the woman was also in being seen to do something scandalous – when she was already looked down on and despised.
So, two pictures of ‘costly worship’.
I wonder what costly worship might look like for us in 2021? It might be just our willingness to be known as a Christian – at work or school or among our friends and family. It might be about our giving in terms of Christian service within the church and within the community or in our finances. It could be in leaving our homes on Sundays to come to the church building for services when it might be less stressful, easier or more comfortable to stay at home and watch online.
The key thing about costly worship is that it is showing what we believe God is worth!! David had lots of money to buy the threshing floor but it was important to him that he demonstrated God’s worth by purchasing it. For the sinful woman her heart was so full of love for Jesus’ who had forgiven her sins, that the cost – immense as it was – didn’t actually matter so long as she demonstrated His worthiness and showed Him how much she loved Him. The thing about faith is that it’s all about the beauty, kindness, love and grace of the God who came to save us because He cares. So...our worship is a reflection of how much we value Him. The cost of our worship isn’t a reflection of what we are able to give – it’s a response to how much we’ve been given!!
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