Summary: From Hebrews 11 as well Abel teaches us, Giving is a part of our relationship with God, Your giving gives you away, giving bears witness.
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PORTRAITS OF FAITH: GIVING YOUR BEST TO GOD
November 12, 2006 Jay Robison Gen 4:1-5 and Heb 11:4
What does being faithful to God look like? Need to ask regularly
This week in Bible study read quote
The reason many of us aren’t growing spiritually
is because our faith doesn’t reach beyond our sight
Real faith begins when our senses end. When we see something,
we usually don’t feel the need to trust God for it. And since we
can’t see very far, living by sight keeps us living small.
Faith says God I know that whenever you speak you’re telling truth,
I can stake my life on it. Faith proves what we believe about God.
Many of us act like have more confidence in selves than do in him.
Jesus died to save the world we don’t have to,
Jesus is Lord over church we no have to bail it out
We just serve him, place ourselves at his command
If our faith is lacking we are not acting on the power and promises
of God we won’t see supernatural work in our lives,
we’ll live in the natural with all its limitations
So what does faithfulness look like? Heb 11 portraits of faith
3 over next few weeks Then periodically come back to see
Heb 11:1 KJV Faith is the substance of things hoped for
The evidence of things not yet seen
Substance dimensions weight, evidence proven
WHO God chose for His 1st examples of faith. Who did He use?
Abel no disrespect but as you read thru OT, he is not
type of guy that would ordinarily catch your attention.
In Genesis these Abel only in a grand total of less than 10 verses.
WHY would God do that? Because most of us see selves as ordinary
people, nowhere near as impressive as Noah\Abraham\ Moses.
Abel was son of Adam and Eve brother of Cain story in Gen 4
Brothers brought an offering to God
As we consider giving our best to God includes $$ but not just that
Also your time, talents, are you giving best as teacher, servant?
1. Giving IS A PART OF OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
Have you ever considered how much you have been given in life?
This thanksgiving important for us to remember how received
Your first clothes were given to you by someone else
You were fed as a baby, protected as a child
Schools you attended there because someone else gave
Our nation protected by soldiers, owe debt to Veterans
This church here because people before us gave
We have been given a lot
Remember, God has GIVEN US EVERYTHING
Your arm is not your arm God gave it to you
You job not your job, can be taken away in an instant God gave
Very breath in our lungs was given to us by God
You did nothing to create the food you ate last night
This beautiful planet was given to us by God
we have to take care of it Abel and Cain gave to God
3 When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the LORD. 4 Abel also brought a gift—the best of the firstborn lambs from his flock. Genesis 4:3-4 NLT
Cain became a farmer, Abel was a shepherd each man brought
an offering to God voluntarily to God recognized had been given
Remember this God doesn’t NEED WHAT WE HAVE TO GIVE
You and I NEED TO OFFER WHAT WE HAVE
God is not poor, we are not bailing God out of the hole
Giving $$ time\talents to God does God no favor but pleases God
But it does a lot for you to follow God’s call to give
Take pride in serving, in faithful $$ giving
2. Your giving GIVES YOU AWAY
One of the lessons we learn from this story is
Our giving gives us away, if we are generous
That comes from our heart, if we are selfish
That also gives us a peak into our heart
In our world generosity is rare Years ago on Candid Camera,
children were placed 1 at a time in a room w\a plate of cookies.
On plate were at least 2 cookies, one of the cookies was very large.
Adult left the room & kids were told could take a cookie.
You know, all took big one. One boy was asked why he took big
Host Alan Funt told boy, “All you left me to eat was little cookie.
I would have eaten the little cookie & given you the biggest one.” W\out a blink boy responded, “Then you got the one you wanted.”
Look at story of the 2 givers in our story