And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: Genesis 4:3-4.
I think the greater tragedy is not giving to God at all but giving what is not acceptable.
Everyday tithes and offerings are given to God, the church receives all but not all is received by God. Every offering that is acceptable to God releases help to you. The church receives every gift, the sanctuary has record of accepted gifts.
Giving is not routine, it is a commandment and obedience a precondition. Tithe is not compulsory, but the lifestyle of covenant keepers. There is a right way to give for rewards and help from the sanctuary.
Giving must be cheerfully respectfully, honourably and continually. The story of Cain and Abel is well known to many from Sunday school. Both were at the altar with gifts before God but only one was accepted. So much has been said about the reason for the acceptable offering of Abel.
God is not in need of your gift but of your heart.
“The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion; Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.” Psalms 20:1-3.
The help from the sanctuary is accessible to those whose gifts are acceptable. The gift of Cain is not acceptable in the sanctuary.The gifts are receives by the church but not recorded in the sanctuary.
Helplessness is a signs of unacceptable gift; the gift of Cain. What is in your hand is unacceptable until your heart is accepted by him. Abel gave honour to God by giving firstlings of his flock and the fat.
Honour gives first and the best not the least and left to God. Don’t waste your offerings and still be mired in suffering helplessness.
Rejection drove Cain to commit murder and obtained a curse in return. Let your giving today represent honour not horror to God. He is God, not your dog; even some dogs are better treated. May your gifts today be not an embarrassment to God ; the gift of Cain.
The first and the best is for the sanctuary for the release of his helps.
“Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10.
Prayer; My father, I know that the first and best is for you. I will always honour you with the firstling of all my increase. By acceptable offerings grant me access to exceeding great help from the sanctuary. May never give the offering of Cain, ever in Jesus name.