“But the king replied to Araunah, ‘No, I insist on paying you for [the field]. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”– 2 Samuel 24:24a
For the past few weeks I’ve been playing schedule ping-pong with some new friends who want to get my thoughts on some things. Normally this isn’t an issue, but I have certain preferences when it comes to meeting with people, and they keep pushing back for different arrangements.
Today, as I felt the creeping tendrils of annoyance begin to attach themselves to my soul, I remembered the many examples in Scripture where Jesus shows that serving others really doesn’t count for much if we’re getting the better end of the deal. It’s the times when we’re inconvenienced, put out, or stand to lose something that serving others reaps the most heavenly rewards.
When it comes to “worship as a lifestyle”, it’s the same thing.