A few nights ago, we were having family devotions and we read about Cain and Abel. As much as I was hesitant to talk about a brother killing his brother to my 4 year old and 3 year old, it’s the Bible and there is always something to glean from it. There is always a lesson to learn.
As we concluded our devotion, I was touched by how much God STILL loved Cain in spite of the sin he committed. How could a loving and perfect God love someone like Cain, who, out of jealousy, murdered his brother?
But then, the Lord reminded me how He loves me in spite of my shortcomings and many failures. They may not “seem” as bad (in my eyes) compared to murder, but sin is sin. And with God, there is no difference between a “little” sin and a “big” sin.
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” James 2:10 KJV
In the story of Cain and Abel giving an offering to God, I think we focus on the fact that Abel’s offering was better. But what made it better was not how much Abel offered but the attitude in how he did it. He offered unto God an offering out of a pure heart and a desire to give his best.
“The difference between Cain and Abel didn’t have much to do with what offering they brought. God was more concerned with their hearts. Abel’s heart was focused on giving his best to God while Cain’s heart was focused on being the best before God.” – Sarah M. Wells