May 11, 2020 Offer Your Heart
Cain worked the ground. Cain brought an offering to the Lord. It sounds like Cain was a solid, hard-working citizen. And it seems like he was a faithful worshiper.
But God did not look favorably on Cain or his offering.
Why not? God looked favorably on Abel’s offering. Abel and Cain were doing the same things. Abel worked and Cain worked. Abel brought an offering and Cain brought an offering.
What’s the difference? How could Abel’s actions be good and Cain’s be evil when they were doing the same things?
The difference was Cain’s heart. Abel brought his offering by faith (Hebrews 11:4). Cain had sold out to the devil (1 John 3:12). Abel brought his heart. Cain only brought his stuff.
By faith, we naturally want to thank God for everything he does. We thank him by offering whatever we have, whether it’s our time, our talents, or our treasures. Our offering is just a way for us to show God we love him.
Cain’s heart was somewhere else, so his offering was empty.
By faith, we fill every offering with our love. It comes from our heart.
Genesis 4:2–7 (EHV)
2Abel tended sheep, but Cain worked the ground. 3As time passed, one day Cain brought an offering to the Lord from the fruit of the soil. 4Abel also brought some of the firstborn of his flock and their fat portions. The Lord looked favorably on Abel and his offering, 5but he did not look favorably on Cain and his offering. Cain was very angry, and his face showed it.
6The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why do you have that angry look on your face? 7If you do good, will you not be lifted up? If you do not do good, sin is crouching at the door. It has a strong desire for you, but you must rule over it.”
God bless you,
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