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Summary: In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and hi .

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In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. - Genesis 4:3-5

Cain was a hard-worker, always tilling the ground and sweating. He knew how to worship God and did everything He was supposed to do except in the end He felt His efforts were more important then simply God’s sacrifice of the Lamb of God. It is no different in our day instead of abiding in the life of Christ and being thankful for the blood shed for our sins. We can start to feel our ministries, efforts are what God is impressed with somehow. We think we are important in God’s work and therefore deserve His favour. Of course in the end God does not approve of this attitude and condition of the heart and leaves us to ourselves which leaves us in a place of being downcast just like Cain was.

Grace is the only motivator to acceptable worship. Grace leaves us in the place of rest, peace, joy and acceptance with God. Abel was a hard-worker also but in the end he realized only God’s sacrifice mattered and His did not. We must realize the life of Christ in us will produce the works that please God and therefore our lives and work will be rooted in the only sacrifice God ever accepts: That of His Son.


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