Do you consider regifting something you received over the holidays? Could be a good idea, I suppose (although I’ll let the manners police ultimately rule on that one). Regifting something you’re giving to God? King David didn’t, and neither should we.
“Now Araunah said to David, ‘Let my lord the king take and offer up whatever seems good to him. Look, here are oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing implements and the yokes of the oxen for wood. All these, O king, Araunah has given to the king.’ And Araunah said to the king, “May the Lord your God accept you.’ Then the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which costs me nothing.” (2 Samuel 24:22-24)
David had the opportunity to offer a sacrifice to God that he received for free. It would’ve complied with the laws for sacrifice, but David’s focus was properly concerned with the spirit of the law, that sacrifice to God wasn’t about going through the motions but taking what we have and putting it all at God’s feet.
While we don’t have that same sacrificial system, giving to God that which costs us nothing is an easy habit to fall into, and usually something that can happen without us realizing we’re doing it. If we spend our Sunday time in worship with our minds set on a football game, what’s for lunch, work stress, or anything else, we haven’t given anything to God. When we get through the day without making time for study or prayer but slip in time to read a chapter and say a prayer as we drift off to sleep, we offer God the leftovers, something that costs us nothing each day.
Giving is about taking from what we want to have and sacrificing that for someone else. When we have time for Facebook, sports, TV shows, or anything else but don’t have time in our day to shut out the world, meditate on the Word, and pray, we’re sending God a clear message about where our priorities lie. Every day is a gift from Him, and when we give Him the spare minutes we don’t care to use anyway, we’re simply regifting what’s His. Let’s make that daily effort to give Him from the first fruits of our lives.
Surely some thoughts to think about, what do you think?
– Ken Darnell: thoughts from reading “Regifting” by Jack Wilkie