We have been talking in the last few blogs about a “commitment to excellence”. Today I would like to share some thoughts on the cost of excellence. This Sunday as we prepare our hearts for communion we are reminded of the profound excellence of the gift God has given us in His Son. We need to carefully consider the broken body and shed blood of Jesus, as God has given us the very best He had to demonstrate His amazing, unbelievable love us. We are encouraged not to partake of the elements in an “unworthy manner”, because of what those elements represent. The communion elements are a powerful display of God’s commitment to us and the cost of excellence as God gave us the greatest gift of all.
Several other interesting examples of the cost of excellence can be found in the Old Testament. When Abraham goes to bury his beloved Sarah in the 23rd chapter of Genesis he is offered the burial plot for free, but listen to his response in verse 13 when he says “Listen to me, if you will. I will pay the price of the field. Accept it from me so I can bury my dead there.” He could have just buried her for free but then the property would still have been Ephron’s, the man who ends up selling the property to him.
Another similar story is seen in the life of David. In the 24th chapter of 2 Samuel David goes to purchase the ground on which he plans to build an altar to attempt to stop the plague he’s brought on Israel. Araunah, the property owner, offers the king the property for free. After all he is the king. But David’s response in verse 24 is very noteworthy when He says “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing”. The burnt offering marked David’s total commitment as king and expressed his repentance for the plague he had brought on the nation. It’s interesting this piece of ground is believed to be the place where the temple was later built. When we visit this site next month in Jerusalem we’ll know David and his descendants are the rightful heirs because he paid for the property himself. This was the cost of excellence in his commitment to God.
Excellence cost, but it never cost anyone more than it did our heavenly Father. As we pursue excellence lets count the cost but also let us be assured that it is for the glory and honor of Christ that we should be committed to excellence.
Seeking God’s Glory,
Pastor Rich Sivo