2 Samuel 24:18-25
On that day Gad went to David and said to him, “Go up and build an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.”
So David went up, as the LORD had commanded through Gad. When Araunah looked and saw the king and his men coming toward him, he went out and bowed down before the king with his face to the ground. Araunah said, “Why has my lord the king come to his servant?” “To buy your threshing floor,” David answered, “so I can build an altar to the LORD, that the plague on the people may be stopped.”
Araunah said to David, “Let my lord the king take whatever pleases him and offer it up. Here are oxen for the burnt offering, and here are threshing sledges and ox yokes for the wood. O king, Araunah gives all this to the king.” Araunah also said to him, “May the LORD your God accept you.”
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. David built an altar to the LORD there and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings.
“A steward is the one to whom the master entrusts his treasures or goods, to divide among those who have a right to them.” -Andrew Murray
WHAT IS PRECIOUS TO YOU? Matthew 6:19-21
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
1. What motivates me?
2. What will I die for?
3 What will strengthen my faith?
4. What will endure?
“There is that which we hold in our hands, of possessions and influence, which are to be no longer held as unto ourselves or so as to revolve around ourselves; they are to be melted into our life’s devotement unto Jesus Christ.” -P.F. Bresee
HOW DO WE LAY UP TREASURE IN HEAVEN? Matthew 6:33
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
1. By accepting Christ as Savior and Lord.
2. By loving and loyal obedience to Him.
HOW LITTLE OF MY TREASURE CAN I GIVE AND STILL GET TO HEAVEN? 2 Samuel 24:24
1. Treasure can be invested in one of two places: on earth or in heaven. 1 Timothy 6:17-19
2. Treasure is always connected to the law of sowing and reaping. 2 Corinthians 9:6
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”
“God has given us two hands—one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing.” -Billy Graham
COMMIT YOUR MOST PRECIOUS TREASURE TO JESUS CHRIST:
1. Those who honor God with their wealth will be rich in return! Proverbs 3:9-10
2. Money cannot buy life’s most valuable possessions. Proverbs 15:17
3. Every Christian is required to be a faithful steward. Romans 7:4