At Satan’s enticement King David sent Joab, the commander of his army, to conduct a census of Israel from Beersheba to Dan. It was a decision David soon regretted, for it brought pestilence and calamity upon Israel. By the hand of God’s angel 70,000 men fell in Israel and His angel was about to destroy Jerusalem when God relented from the calamity (1Chronicles 21).
It was at this very site in Jerusalem, on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite, that God instructed David to raise an altar for the Lord. Ornan offered the property along with oxen, wood, and wheat for the sacrifice, free of charge but King David responded: “No, but I will buy them for the full price. I will not take for the LORD what is yours, nor offer burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” (1 Chronicles 21:24). By definition our sacrifices must cost us something. This place also became the site of the magnificent Temple in Jerusalem.
Before he died, King David amassed the greatest craftsman and the finest building materials from near and far. He spared no expense. In his own words “Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the LORD must be exceedingly magnificent, of fame and glory throughout all lands. I will therefore make preparation for it.” (1 Chronicles 22:5). This was all done for a project he would not only receive no credit, King David would not even get to see the project completed!
God has partnered with us in His kingdom building project of making disciples of all nations. God has privileged us to have hands-on experience in the making of some of His disciples. We may never get to see or receive credit for others being brought into the kingdom. What sacrifice are you willing to offer, and what preparations will you make for the generations of saints yet to come into the kingdom, knowing you may not get to see them on this side of heaven? It’s amazing what we can achieve when we don’t mind who gets the credit.