Apr1SunApril 1, 2018
I believe it means being committed to excellence in whatever area in life it may be. Excellence requires all out commitment in order to be your best. No matter whether it is music, art, sports, acting, writing, academics, or whatever it may be in life, one thing is for sure, God wants us to give Him our best in our everyday lives. In Genesis 4:1-15 it says, “Adam lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.” Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering-fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 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.” Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.” Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear. Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” But the Lord said to him, “Not so; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him.”
The problem with Cain’s offering is that it wasn’t his best, and so God rejects Cain’s offering. Abel on the other hand gave God his best, and God looked down on Abel’s offering much like a happy father would on his son. Cain was upset with God and jealous of Abel his brother. God tells him to beware of giving into sin. Cain ignores God and takes Abel out in the field and kills him. Giving our best to God requires obeying and fearing God. (See Ecclesiastes 12:13 and Colossians 3:17) It also requires loving God with our whole being, and our neighbor as one’s self. (See Mark 12:29-31) How would you answer these questions, “Are you giving your best to God each and every day? Are you loving your neighbor just like you love yourself? Give your best to God in everything you say and do.
Striving to give my best to Jesus each and every day!
Youth Man Matt