In Genesis chapter 4, we meet two brothers Cain and Able; in verses 2-5, an interesting dynamic unfolds. It states, "Later, she gives birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. Over 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 incredibly angry, and his face was downcast."
As we read these scripture passages, we see that Abel offered the firstborn of his flock to the Lord. There is something special and selfless about giving your first; the first time you committed your life to the Lord, the first paycheck or dollar you ever earned, the first person you kissed. And when we remember the first, it generally puts a smile on our face. I believe sharing our first with God is like this each time; when we come to God with our first and best effort, it is a reason for celebration, and God recognizes that. Imagine coming to God with something we just threw together at the last minute with no thought and truly little effort. Remember, we are created in the image of God Genesis chapter 1 vs. (26-27). God’s selfless nature is visible in all of creation. He took so much time creating every aspect of creation, the sun, plants, animals, seas, down to the seasons of time. He spared nothing to meet each need we would have, and then He created man and presented man a world that was created with his every need in mind. Armed with this knowledge that we are created in the image of love, why would we ever want to give God anything less than our first and best. Our faith in God solidifies our relationship with Him. It takes faith to give your life to God and allow His ways to guide you. Hebrews 11:4. Puts it this way, "By faith, Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith, he was commended as righteous. and by faith, Abel still speaks, even though he is dead." Faith can be defined as a strongly held set of beliefs or principles when we look to God as our divine creator and to Jesus Christ as our savior. Hebrews 11:6 states, "And without faith, it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to him must believe that He exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." I stop by to remind you that our faith and relationship with God is only possible because of God; as followers of Christ, we honor James 2:14-26, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, Go, in peace; keep warm and well fed, but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?” Faith always leads to hope.
Remember, God loves you, and so do I.