2 Samuel 24:1-4; 2 Samuel 24:11-25


        A.  Most of the time we think of our religion as a source of blessing.  Examples:

        B.  We should also think of it in terms of what it cost us.

        C.  The scene of our text is the threshing floor of Araunah, king of the Jebusites.
              2 Samuel 24:1-4, 11-25.  Briefly discuss the narrative.

        D.  What a change it would make if all Christians were to seriously say as David
              did, “I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings (or what we offer)
              that cost me nothing.”

    I.  Service to God , if it is to count anything, if it is to possess any value, is costly.

        A.  Self-denial is a demand which Christ makes of His disciples.  Luke 9:23

        B.  We can’t put anything ahead of Christ.  Mark 10:17-22;  Luke 14:26-27

        C.  God wants us to be a living sacrifice.  Romans 12:1-2

   II.  What does our religion cost us in terms of

         A.  ¬¬¬Money ?  1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:7

         B.  Time?  John 9:4

         C.  Talents?   Matthew 25:14-30

   III.  We are assured of a reward.

          A.  We reap what we sow.  Galatians 6:7; 2 Corinthians 9:6-11

          B.  Our labor is not in vain.  1 Corinthians 15:58

          C.  We are promised a home in heaven.  1 Peter 1:3-5


          A.  Our religion cost God a great deal.  John 3:16-17.  It cost Christ the suffering
                for our sins.  1 Peter 2:21-25.  Should it not cost us?