The LORD said to Gad, David’s seer, “Go and tell David, ‘This is what the LORD says: I am giving you three options. Choose one of them for me to carry out against you.’”
I Chronicles 21:8-9 NIV
If you haven’t read the whole story take time to do so.
God gives David a choice.
David provides an example that we all could use.
David goes on to teach us more in this story . . .
But King David replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying the full price. I will not take for the LORD what is yours, or sacrifice a burnt offering that costs me nothing.”
David declares I won’t give God a gift that has not cost me something.
David teaches us by example that we need to own our actions (and the consequences for them) and that as we give to God it is not the amount, but rather the sacrifice that is important.