Just Another Rabbit Trail

Cain and Abel.  While listening to the preacher give his sermon today (which was very enriching by the way) I happen to glance over at the opposite page in the book of Hebrews Chapter 11.  4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. Heb 11:4 (KJV) As I read this it sparked the thought of why was Abel’s sacrifice considered more excellent?  It wasn’t  (in my humble opinion) because of WHAT he was given, but it was because of HOW it was given.  Abel gave from the heart.  He wanted to give this gift to God.  It wasn’t out of necessity.  It wasn’t because God commanded it.  It was because he WANTED to give.  That was what made Abel’s offering more excellent.  If you are about to give something (to the Church or even to someone else) examine your motives first.  Are you giving because you want to give, or is there some other reason.  I think, if you are going to make the offering, you should do so with the right intentions.  Otherwise it becomes a hollow shadow of what it COULD have been. ( and just for the record, the message was on Jesus being the perfect sacrifice.  I do pay attention to the sermons on Sunday.  This was just a rabbit trail I felt I needed to share. =) ).

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