Adam knew Eve, his wife; she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have made a man with the help of Jehovah. 2He still bore her brother Abel. Abel was a shepherd, and Cain was a plowman. 3After a while Cain made an offering to the LORD of the fruits of the earth; 4And Abel made him one of the firstborn of his flock and their fat. The LORD looked favorably on Abel and on his offering; But he did not look favorably on Cain and his offering. Cain was very angry, and his face was shot down.
I am currently in a period where things are looming, but are not there yet. It sounds crazy, but at the same time I was not sure it was what God expected of me. I then wondered if I was afraid of being visible, afraid to be seen, afraid of being used by God. A whole lot of questions that revolved around my “ME” instead of turning to God. The truth is that I wanted to serve God but not too much. I wanted to serve God, but I did not want to be consumed. I realized that these opportunities would require me a lot of discipline, get me out of my comfort zone and I did not really like it. I wanted in my head to offer myself to God, to give him the best, but the reality is that I wanted to do it on my own terms.
It is by faith that Abel has offered to God a greater sacrifice than that of Cain; it is thanks to her that he has been declared righteous, because God approved his offerings, and it is through her that he still speaks well that having died.
The text of the day speaks of the offering of Abel and Cain. They both made an offering to God. One offered what he wanted and the other offered what he had better and more. God has approved the offering of Abel but not that of Cain. He pleased him who gave him the best, the one he did with faith and refused to look favorably on Cain’s offering.
The apostle Paul said in a letter to the Galatians, “I am crucified with Christ, and no longer do I live; it is Christ who lives in me; my life in the flesh, I live in faith to the son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20).
The apostle Paul is the one who did not benefit from the training and coaching of Christ during his lifetime. He did not live 3 years with him. He did not have the opportunity to sleep on his breast like the apostle John. He did not see him calm the sea. He did not see him on the water. He did not have the opportunity to ask him questions. He did not have the opportunity to observe and learn from him. All the apostles spent precious moments with Christ but not him. Yet, he is the most prolific author of the New Testament and as Abel he gave with faith the best of himself to God.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which will be your reasonable service.
Christ also gave himself completely. He did only what he saw the father doing. He wanted to do what the Father expected of him. And, at the most critical moment in Gethseman’s garden, he said despite the anguish that gripped him, not my will but yours.
Reading this passage, I asked myself the question. Medhie are you giving your best to God:
- In your prayer life
- In your studies
- On your blog
- In the association FemmEsprit
- In what he put in your hands and the good works he prepared in advance for you
I must admit that the answer was: No! Certainly I did all these things, but I did not give the best of myself to God. Although many think that what I am doing is good, there is a level of excellence that I could have achieved that I did not reach because I am satisfied with the average and my comfort. I repented! Our “me”, our comfort, our ambitions must be offered to God as to say to him: All the gifts, the aptitudes, the competences that I have it is to you that offers them first. Tell me, lead me, guide me so that I will continually offer you my life as a living sacrifice because it is the least I can do.
And you ? Do you give the best to God, or just what you want to give?
If this is your case, if like me you calculated what you wanted to give, I encourage you to repent and return to Christ completely and completely.
Lord, I repent of not having given you the best of myself. I repent of not having faith in you who remunerates those who seek you. Help me to offer you my body, my life as a living sacrifice so that it will not be me more alive but Christ in me. In the name of Jesus. Amen!