Whose Sacrifice Is It Anyway? (1 Chronicles 21:24)
When David wanted to purchase the threshing floor so he could build an altar and make sacrifices to God, Araunah offered to give him the location and the animals for free. David declined and insisted on paying full price. He explained that if he accepted the gift, then it would be a sacrifice from Araunah and not David. Given this example, we should make sure that, when we make sacrifices to God, that we are making our own. There is nothing wrong with helping other people to honor God or cooperating with others to make sacrifices, but if atonement is needed, we need to be the ones making the atonement. Also, this shows us that when we give money to help others glorify God, we are indeed participating in that sacrifice, and there will be corresponding spiritual benefits.