06 Nov Giving like Abel
Have you ever wondered why Cain’s offering was rejected but Abel’s accepted? I have wondered about that ever since I first heard the story as a young boy. Both Cain and Abel brought offerings and that was a good thing wasn’t it? Didn’t they both worship God? So what was wrong with Cain’s offering? Let’s read the account again:
Genesis 4:2-5 (NKJV)
Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. 4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, 5 but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
It all goes back to the principle of the firstborn or first fruit. When we give our first – the first of our income, the first of our harvest – it communicates worship. It shows that we trust God and puts action to our faith. Abel brought of the firstborn of his flock. Cain just brought some of his produce, not the first fruits of the harvest. That is where the distinction comes in.
Since the beginning of offerings, God has made it very clear that the firstborn and the first-fruits belong to Him. When we surrender them to Him in the form of our tithe, we demonstrate true trust in Him. It serves as a declaration that we do not hold on to money to be our support and supply, but to Him.
What’s more, is that Abel didn’t merely return to God what belonged to Him, he brought extra: … of the firstborn and of their fat … When we give the first 10% of any income we receive, we are merely doing our duty in returning what already belongs to God. But when we bring an offering on top of that, NOW we’re really giving! And God loves generous people. He loves it when we make giving a priority! The Bible is full of it.
So let’s not give like Cain: grudgingly giving up some stuff we don’t really want anyway. Let’s give like Abel – our best and more. We don’t have to be afraid of being in lack when we give like this because we have this promise in Luke:
Luke 6:38 (NKJV)
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.
It is my prayer that each of you will experience this abundant blessing on your giving.
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