Many of us are familiar with the Biblical account of Cain and Abel. In fact we have heard it so many times that we could each probably recite the story to our loved ones without missing an inch. Today I wanted to take another look at these two characters, for the Lord shared something with me about them, that I wanted to share with each of you. But first, lets recount the story….
“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…” Genesis 4:3-5
Both Cain and Abel were well aware of what God would accept as a sacrifice. After all, when their parents had sinned, God clothed them in animal skin. That was the first time atonement had been made for sin and the first time we come across animal sacrifice in His word. Knowing this, Cain deliberately decided to bring to the Lord what ‘he’ considered good enough for God. He didn’t bring what God had asked for, rather he brought what ‘he’ thought he should bring. And as a result no fire fell on Cain’s offering that day.
Unfortunately this same thing happens over and over again in the lives of believers. Many bring to God what they have determined in their own mind is ‘good enough’ for God and as a result no fire falls on the altar of their heart. A good indicator that you have fallen into a routine void of relationship, much like Cain, is a lack of fire in your life. For when this happens, you begin to take on a form of religiosity and end up in the ways of Cain.
I can remember a time when I was tucking my two sweet little girls into bed. I had followed our usually routine, as I had always done in time past, but this time something happened. As I went to pray over them, I instead found myself reciting a message of grace over the food! My daughters laughed, but in truth my Spirit was hurting. I was heartbroken by my actions and the years of cliché prayers that I had given to God. My words had become an everyday religious act and I had taken on the type of religious spirit we see in Cain. It was at that point that I changed direction in my life.
You see, our cliché prayers are not an acceptable sacrifice to God. Nor is the measly minutes of time we tend to give God here and there. My friends, he doesn’t want our left overs, he wants our all. When we are giving God minutes and rehearsed prayers, then do we really care about giving God what we asked for? Sadly we don’t and if truth be told we are acting like Cain, that is, giving God what we think he deserves, rather than what He asked for. We give God five minutes and the rest of the day is ours! You know the sad part is when Cain gave his sacrifice to God, he got upset with God for not accepting it…
“And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.” Genesis 4:5
This is the same with many of us. We get mad at God for not lighting the fire of passion in our lives, yet we don’t give him the acceptable sacrifices he requires. God is not going to ignite that fire in our lives, when we don’t even seek Him. We can not be a Cain, we must be an Abel.
You see, Abel brought to the Lord what the Lord had required and as a result fire fell on Abel’s sacrifice and consumed it; indicating that it was an acceptable sacrifice. As Abel, we need to seek the Lord and bring ourselves as a holy living sacrifice. For God’s fire will fall on the altar of your heart if you are seeking after him and not giving him ‘religiosity’. You want that fire kindled like never before? Then be that acceptable sacrifice. Don’t offer God what you determine is good enough; offer to God what you know He says is good enough. And God will ignite the fire on the alter of your heart!
Love you all!
Re-blogged from Vine of Life News – Gods Fire on the Altar of Your Heart.