This was a piece about giving that I shared during the Sunday service at Victory Quezon City on August 9, 2015.
Most of us know about the death of Abel at the hands of his own brother Cain, but what we might not realize is that the sin was committed in relation to offerings. In Genesis 4, both of them prepared an offering to the Lord, but God looked with favor upon Abel and not Cain. As a result, Genesis 4 says that Cain became angry and his face downcast, and this led him to kill his own brother.
Some of us may be asking, “Why did God look upon Abel with favor and not Cain?” Was it because Abel’s offering was greater in value than Cain’s? There’s a verse in Hebrews 11:4 that refers to Abel’s offering, and it says:
“By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous…” (Hebrews 11:4 ESV)
You see, God is pleased with sacrifice not because of its value. Jesus echoed this when he exalted the poor widow for her offering of two small copper coins. The answer to why God placed His favor on Abel can be found in the first two words of this verse: BY FAITH.
Abel’s offering was better not because of its external price or how much it cost. Instead, it was by faith. It’s like him saying, “Lord, I offer you the best that I have, and by faith I know that you will provide for my needs.” It was his faith that made Abel commendable and righteous in God’s eyes.
Let us all follow Abel’s example of giving by faith, that as we give our offering to God, He will sustain us.
Let us pray.
Father, we acknowledge that You are the source of everything that we enjoy in life. Lord God, thank You because You have never failed to provide for our needs. Today, Father, we declare that by faith, we will offer the best that we can give to You. And as we do this, we pin our hopes on You and Your love that never fails. In Jesus’ mighty name, we pray. Amen.