Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” Genesis 4:9 NKJV
Adam and Eve’s son Cain killed his brother Abel. Cain’s motivation for killing his brother was jealousy. Cain and Abel both presented offerings to God. God respected Abel’s offering. He did not respect Cain’s.
The difference between the two offerings is what was in the hearts of the men who made them. God was not looking at what was in their hands. He was looking at was in their hearts!
God did not need anything from these men. He does not need anything from us. God wanted their love, devotion and worship. God wants our love, devotion and worship today. Jesus wants us to give Him the things that make us unique today!
God created us with unique gifts and talents. God created us to meet specific needs in the Body of Christ. He wants to use us in unique ways. He wants to use us to bring glory and honor to His name. God wants to use us to lead other people to faith in Jesus.
God did not ask Cain where his brother was because he did not know. God wanted Cain to consider what he had done to his brother. Cain’s answer was much like the answers given by Adam and Eve when they sinned.
Adam blamed Eve. Eve blamed the serpent. Cain’s answer implied he was not responsible for taking care of his brother when the truth is he murdered Abel.
Jesus holds us accountable for how we treat each other. He commands us to love each other. He commands us to help and care for each other. The Lord expects us to meet the needs of others.
Jesus commands us to share the Gospel with people who have not yet received Jesus as Lord and Savior!
God is in the process of restoring creation. Jesus is leading the lost home. Jesus is setting prisoners free. Jesus is opening blind eyes. Jesus is meeting the needs of His people today. Does Jesus need our help? No, Jesus does not need our help!
Jesus chooses to use us to share the gospel with people. Jesus chooses to use us to meet the needs of His people!
Cain’s desire to kill Abel was born in his heart. It was filled with rage and resentment. Cain committed murder in his heart before he raised his hand against Abel.
We will answer to Jesus for what is in our hearts today. Take your thoughts captive. Control your emotions. Honor Jesus when the secret things of your heart are exposed!
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