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.”
2 Samuel 24:24
The enemies of Christianity think they can mock Christians by calling us hypocrites. In essence, they accuse us of not having the courage of our convictions, of not being willing to make personal sacrifices for our beliefs – in short, they accuse us of not walking the walk.
National Review writer and renowned television commentator David French is a great example of “walking the walk.” A Harvard Law grad, he lamented the fact that the U.S. Army was experiencing a recruitment shortfall. Then he realized: he hadn’t done enough to support the war effort. Even though he was a busy professional and very involved father, had to get an age waiver, and was worried that he couldn’t even pass the physical, he sacrificed: he got in shape, joined the army, and was deployed to Iraq during the surge.
Sweet Freedom in Action
We shouldn’t argue for a position for which we aren’t personally willing to sacrifice. I want my actions to be in harmony with my words. Today, ask God to show you what you must let go of to become a more effective witness for Christ. He’ll replace it with something better as you walk the walk.