“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 of silver for them.” (2 Sam 24:24)

A sacrifice is not unsurprisingly meant to be a sacrifice. A sacrifice is nothing if it costs you nothing. A sacrifice is not an offering designed to appease a capricious deity. Our standing before God is unquestionable if we are washed in the blood of Jesus.

Yet sometimes it is good for us to give sacrificially to temper our own desires. Just as we train our bodies into a submitted state, we need to train our appetites and desires to keep them submitted to God.

Quick Prayer: Please accept my sacrifice, Lord. Amen.