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Sacrifice Our Desires to the Lord—2 Samuel 23:16

David's WellDavid expressed his desire to drink “water from the well of Bethlehem” (2 Samuel 23:16). Three of David’s mighty men of valor heard their king’s desire and they broke through the Philistines camp to go to Bethlehem to bring water to their king. The “water from the well of Bethlehem” represented David’s soul deepest desire. David took the water, brought to him at great risk to the men who had made the journey, and pour it on the ground. David said: “Far be it from me, O Lord, that I should do this. Shall I drink the blood of the men who went at the risk of their lives?” (2 Samuel 23:17)

If we look at this from a human perspective we can conclude that David disrespected the three mighty men enormous sacrifice. However, if we look at this event from a spiritual perspective we can take a different view of it. David offered unto the Lord the thing he desired the most. When David poured out the “water from the well of Bethlehem” he was actually sacrificing his greatest desires unto the Lord.

The Bible registered another great sacrifice like this one. A woman came to Jesus with a jar of an expensive perfume to anoint the Lord. After she had anointed the Lord, some questioned her actions. They said: “this is a waste. We could have sold this perfume and blessed the poor.” This response was non-spiritual response to the event. Jesus, looking at the event from a spiritual point of view, said: “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me” (John 12:1-8). Jesus’ point was that the Mary was sacrificing the perfume to him. Mary was giving her most precious possession to the Lord.

This is today’s lesson: God wants from us the things we treasure the most. When we are ready to give to God our most precious and valued possessions, then, we will be ready to be his disciples. David understood this principle one thousand years before Christ. And Mary poured her perfume to anoint Jesus because she wanted to give Jesus her best. Are we giving God our best? Or, are we giving Lord our leftovers?

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