Pastor Tim Romero
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Genesis 4:2–7 (ESV): " 2 And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground. 3 In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4 and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, 5 but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. 6 The Lord said to Cain, "Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it."
Our offering to God has nothing to do with what we bring, it's how we bring it! Don't be fooled, God isn't impressed with quantity but quality!
Adam and Eve began having children after they were banished from the Garden. Their first born was Cain and then Abel. Cain was a farming and Abel a rancher. When it came time to present their offerings to God (many believe in the Garden at the tree of life), Cain brought fruit from the ground and Abel the firstborn of his flock and the fat. God then declares His regard for Abel's offering but not for Cain's. Many believe it is because Abel brought a blood offering. Hebrews 11:4 tells us why..."4 By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks." It wasn't really what they brought that pleased the Lord but how they brought it. God requires all acts of worship to be done by faith not outward acts of religion.
How do you bring your offering before God? Is it like Cain or Abel? God requires us to come by faith. Religious offering is vain worship. To approach God through acts rather than faith is an abomination before Him. Offer God the very best you have by faith and He will regard your offering just like He did Abel. Don't be like Cain and offer what you have as an act of righteousness. Be humble, come by faith and God will be pleased with your offering.
Father we thank You for the freedom to come to Your throne room of grace. Help us to come by faith and not by dead religious works? May whatever we do for You be done in this manner for it's impossible to please you in any other way. Fill us with faith and lead us we pray in Jesus name, amen.