Acceptable to God

Abel . . . brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering; but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. – Genesis 4:4-5

As consumers, we have little interest in leftovers. We don’t like to spend our money on flawed products. When we pay for an item or a service, we feel that it should be the best that the company has to offer. God feels the same way but to an even greater extent.

Adam and Eve taught their sons Cain and Abel how to worship God in an acceptable manner. Yet when the time came to do this, the quality of Cain’s offering was not pleasing, and he didn’t bring it with the same passion that Abel did.

God does not have favorites. He didn’t choose one over the other because He liked one brother better than the next. Abel simply understood the principle of worship and offered God the very best that he had. Cain, on the other hand, offered what he could gather quickly—perhaps an apple here, a pear there, and a clump of grapes.

It’s also interesting to note that Cain offered what God had cursed in the garden at the fall of mankind—the fruit of the land. Abel offered God the very best of His flocks—the fattest lambs—because he understood that worship came from a heart of love and devotion.

How do we live our lives—are we totally committed to the Savior? Do we love Him and want to worship Him on a regular basis?

Remember, worship is something we do with our entire life.