The Danger of a Convenient
SERIES: No Success Without Sacrifice
2 Samuel 24:22-24 NLT
22 “Take it, my lord the king, and use it as you
wish,” Araunah said to David. “Here are oxen
for the burnt offering, and you can use the
threshing boards and ox yokes for wood to
build a fire on the altar.
23 I will give it all to you, Your Majesty, and may
the Lord your God accept your sacrifice.”
24 But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on
buying it, for I will not present burnt offerings
to the Lord my God that have cost me
nothing.” So David paid him fifty pieces of
silver for the threshing floor and the oxen.
1 Kings 12:26-30 NLT
26 Jeroboam thought to himself, “Unless I am
careful, the kingdom will return to the dynasty
27 When these people go to Jerusalem to
offer sacrifices at the Temple of the Lord,
they will again give their allegiance to King
Rehoboam of Judah. They will kill me and
make him their king instead.”
28 So on the advice of his counselors, the king
made two gold calves. He said to the people,
“It is too much trouble for you to worship in
Jerusalem. Look, Israel, these are the gods
who brought you out of Egypt!”
29 He placed these calf idols in Bethel and in
Dan—at either end of his kingdom.
30 But this became a great sin, for the people
worshiped the idols, traveling as far north as
Dan to worship the one there.
The new frontier of which I speak is not a set of
promises, it is a set of challenges. It sums up not
what I intend to offer the American people but
what I intend to ask of them.
President John F. Kennedy
Great people are only great when they respond
to great CHALLENGES!
To dumb down expectations always leads to
COMPLACENCY, MEDIOCRITY and DECLINE.
The Southern kingdom led by Rehoboam
became the nation of JUDAH.
The Northern kingdom led by Jeroboam became
the nation of ISRAEL.
Options Jeroboam had:
1. REJECT religion
2. REFASHION religion
3. REDUCE religion
PAY now PLAY later.
PLAY now PAY later.
Either way you are going to PAY.
The later you WAIT the higher the PAY
There are no SOLOIST in the Kingdom of God.
Hebrews 10:24-25 MSG – 24 Let’s see how inventive we can
be in encouraging love and helping out, 25 not avoiding
worshiping together as some do but spurring each other
on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.
Romans 12:10 NLT – Love each other with genuine
affection, and take delight in honoring each other.
Romans 13:8 NLT – Owe nothing to anyone—except
for your obligation to love one another. If you love your
neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.
Romans 15:7 NLT – Therefore, accept each other just as
Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.
Romans 16:15 NLT – Give my greetings to Philologus, Julia,
Nereus and his sister, and to Olympas and all the believers
who meet with them.
1 Corinthians 11:33 NLT – So, my dear brothers and sisters,
when you gather for the Lord’s Supper, wait for each other.
Ephesians 5:19 NLT – singing psalms and hymns and spiritual
songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in
1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT – So encourage each other and
build each other up, just as you are already doing.
1 Peter 4:10 NLT – God has given each of you a gift from
his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one
1 John 3:11 NLT – This is the message you have heard from
the beginning: We should love one another.
1 John 3:23 NLT – And this is his commandment: We must
believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one
another, just as he commanded us.
1 John 4:7 NLT – Dear friends, let us continue to love one
another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a
child of God and knows God.
1 John 4:11 NLT – Dear friends, since God loved us that
much, we surely ought to love each other.
1 John 4:12 NLT – No one has ever seen God. But if we love
each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full
expression in us.
2 John 5 NLT – I am writing to remind you, dear friends,
that we should love one another. This is not a new
commandment, but one we have had from the beginning.
With the exception of work, illness and vacation:
• 3 weeks grade A
• 4 weeks grade B
• 5 weeks grade C
• 6 weeks grade D
• 7 weeks grade F
Critical life questions:
1. What are my specific GOALS
2. What ACTIONS must I take to realize them
3. Am I willing to PAY THE PRICE!