Read Genesis 4:1-16
If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.
A sacrificial offering turned pivotal for two brothers. For one, it served as a catalyst for fuller and more life. For the other, it led to bitterness and lifeless survival.
Cain could have chosen life. He had the chance to be fully alive. If only he had chosen the way of God inside his circumstance.
Both brothers offered thanksgiving to God. But only one was offered by faith. (See Hebrews 11:4.)
Faith is what made all the difference in this pivotal circumstance for Cain and for Abel.
Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil . . . But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock.
Faith in God, the Giver and Sustainer of Life Itself, was the difference between what Cain gave (some of the fruits), and what Abel offered (fat portions from some of the firstborn).
Each man found himself in the same situation, with an opportunity to ride the catalyst to the fuller life that God lay in front of him.
But Abel trusted God in such a way that he was eager to give the best portions from the first of his flock. His eyes of faith showed him the catalyst God provided through this pivotal circumstance. And it led him down the road of righteousness and God’s favor.
Cain, on the other hand, lacked that faith and chose to ignore the opportunity God had provided. The chance for fuller life, better life, complete life His way. Cain’s offering of compulsion showed his unwillingness to see God’s hand at work in His everyday life.
God gives you and me the same opportunities every day too.
We could wake up in the morning and go through the day knowing we should spend time alone with God, squeezing it in at a commercial break during my favorite television show.
Or we could plan the day with that in mind, offering every moment of it to Him and giving him our most alert time, our best attention.
Although either might be nice, only one is by faith. To offer Him our best inside the everyday moments, choosing to see His hand at work. Letting Him move us to be more fully alive.