What does you life say?

As we begin to walk down the hall of faith, the first person we are introduced to in the Hall of Faith is Abel. Now Abel is not the topic of many sermons and many who mention him do so as a byline but Abels a wonderful example of Right Worship. Hebrews 11:4~By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. (ESV) I love that reminder, how his life is still speaking. What does your life say, what does it speak to or of Abel was the second son of Adam and Eve. This incident from the lives of two brothers, Abel and his older Cain, reveals that there’s a right way and wrong way to worship God. God has always sought people who worship Him the right way. Speaking of worshippers, Christ Jesus says in John 4:23~ But the hour is coming, and is now here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. (ESV) 

Worshipping God in spirit means we come with the right attitude, our whole lives aligned with God. In truth means we worship Him according to the truth of His Word. John 17:17~Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. (ESV) How does Abel offer God a better sacrifice than Cain? God had apparently given instructions concerning the proper time, place and type of sacrifice. Cain brings the fruit of the ground, Abel the firstborn of his flock. Genesis 4:3-4a~In the course of time, Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. (ESV) I wonder how many people, like Cain, have taken this approach to worship, which always involves a sacrifice. Today’s sacrifice is of time, means, and availability. Cain’s offering is certainly more pleasant than Abel’s. He probably arranged beautifully the fruits and vegetables on the altar. On the other hand, Abel’s isn’t very appealing his is a bloody, morbid, animal sacrifice. Genesis 4:4b-5a~…And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering, he had no regard. (ESV)

Abel’s sacrifice is accepted because it involves shed blood testifying his sins required the death of a substitute. All sin requires a blood sacrifice. We seem to forget the price Jesus Christ paid and cling only to grace. Abel understands and knows what God requires and so by faith, acts upon it. Cain’s offering is totally different. It’s like a salad bar representing good works. Many good hard-working, moral people come to worship God, offering their salad bar of good works. As if to say, Lord, look at all I’m doing for you. Cain’s steps forward in a spirit of pride, like many people today, he thinks his works are enough. However listen to Isaiah 64:6~We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. (ESV)

The Hebrew phrase polluted garment or filthy rags refers to the cloth used by a woman during her menstrual period. That’s how our righteous acts and good deeds look to God. Hebrews’ author sums Abel’s offering by writing: Hebrews 11:4~…through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. (ESV) Abel was commended as righteous. God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. Though not even one of Abel’s words is recorded in the Bible. Yet, he’s been eloquently speaking for millennia’s about the right way to worship God. He tells us worshipping God requires the right sacrifice for sin, with the right attitude as God has prescribed. Our sins once separated us from God. Ephesians 2:12-13~remember you were …separated from Christ, alienated from…and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (ESV) 

Today, I want us to just worship the Lord. Begin by asking Him to open your heart up with a song and to bless you with His presence as you pour out your love on Him.

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