Ministry Leader Greater Working Women Ministries
Genesis 4:3-5 (NLT)
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 portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift, 5 but he did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected.
The story of Cain and Abel is more than just reading about the first murder. It shows us what happens when you try to give God your stuff instead of your heart. It's also a story about a spiritual disconnection of one man who caused the physical death of another man. Too many believers today are still spiritually disconnected from their Creator. They think by showing up that they are doing God a favor. When was the last time God asked you for a favor? We have allowed the principles and ways of this world to enter into our hearts and cause us to be confused about what God expects from us.
Deuteronomy 6:5 (NLT)
And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.
Matthew 22:37 (NLT)
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’
God wants our hearts. It's plain and simple. He said it in the old testament and the new testament. Our stuff don't mean anything to God. Going through religious traditions and rituals mean nothing to God. He wants our hearts! Our hearts are the core of our being. When something is in our heart, then we begin to pursue it. We protect the things in our heart. We honor what's in our hearts. We worship with our heart. We serve with our heart.
Our actions mirror what's in our hearts. Cain wanted to be accepted by God so in his heart it told him to get rid of Abel. Instead of Cain checking the condition of his heart, he did what was easiest. So many times we short change God thinking that will get His attention to our need but God is not moved nor will He move. When we don't face the truth of the matter in the present, then we create more problems into our future.
The contents of Cain's heart resulted in him being cursed by God. The contents of Abel's heart resulted in him being blessed by God. Whose spirit are you carrying this morning? Cain or Abel? It's time we shift our heart from the things of this world to the things of God. That's the only way to be accepted by Him. Ditch the "stuff offering" and give Him a "heart offering."
Father, help my offering to You be pleasing and acceptable. Help me to offer You my heart and not my stuff. Reveal to me what I need to get rid of so that I am not rejected by You and show me how to let it go. I choose You over my stuff. I'd rather have Jesus than silver or gold. Holy Spirit lead me now. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen!
Meet the Author
Chantea M. Williams is a Christian writer, Bible teacher and speaker who loves encouraging women to become greater through the word of God. Through her gifts, God created the Greater Working Women Ministries. They strive to encourage, empower and equip women from all walks of life to live out their God-given purpose with holy boldness. She has also launched her teen mom mentoring program, I Am Still Somebody™. One of her many passions is baking, especially during the holidays.
Check out her newly released book The Greater Working Woman Prayer Book, Volume 1 and The Greater Working Woman Prayer Devotional, Volume 1. Don’t miss her upcoming book series for teen mothers.
Chantea M. Williams, Ministry Leader Greater Working Women Ministries