“By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous when God spoke well of his offering”. (Hebrews 11:4, NIV)
Giving is defined as providing love or other emotional support; caring. Faith and giving goes together. In fact, God uses finances to test your faith all the time. Have you ever had to decide between paying a bill and tithing? This is a test of your priorities. It’s a test of your love. But most importantly, it’s a test of your faith. Do you really trust God to provide for you if you put him first in your life? It’s interesting that in Hebrews 11 – the “Hall of Fame” of biblical heroes – the first person who gets mentioned is Abel, one of Adam and Eve’s sons.
What did Abel do that caused him to get in the Hall of Fame along with Moses and Abraham and all these other big shots? He never did anything great. Never accomplished much. Never took any major risks. You know what made Abel great? He gave an offering in faith. My question to you today: ARE YOU GIVING TO GOD IN FAITH? Abel is not listed in the Hall of Fame because of what he gave BUT because of how he gave it.
God couldn’t care less about the amount you give. What he cares about is the attitude with which you give it. If you’re not giving in faith, don’t give, because you don’t get any credit for it. The Bible also says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6, NIV) God doesn’t need your money. What he wants is your heart. There are two ways to give:
1. You can give by reason, or you can give by revelation. To give by reason is to figure out reasonably what you think you can give, and that doesn’t require any faith at all. Even an atheist can do it.
2. When you give by revelation, you let God reveal to you what he wants you to give in faith. It means you pray and ask, “God, how much do you want me to trust you for this time?” Then you do whatever he tells you to do. This is giving by faith, and it helps you grow, mature, and become more like Christ!
Cain was angry and full of jealousy because his giving was accepted. This giving time was just traditional for them to do and this is why he had no faith. No matter how many times you give and give and give, make sure that your heart is right and that you have faith that God will answer your petitions. Giving, does not always have to be referred to with money, but it can just be your time, food, positive confrontations.
I am now asking you all today, to give with FAITH. Don’t allow your giving to be in anger, bitterness, jealousy or hated. Be that Abel today. I invite you today to keep the Faith in Christ. Yes! Sometimes, things around us places us in different moods but you must remember the story of Cain and Abel.
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God Bless You! Until Next Time, Shalom!