Faith and Attitude

Steven Laman

READ : Genesis 4:1-8

By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man. (Hebrews 11:4, niv)

As a volunteer teacher’s aide, I am well aware that people have vastly different attitudes toward learning. Once I was assigned to help two boys. The first boy, a recent immigrant, was easy to teach and eager to learn. The other had an “I don’t care” attitude.

Having different perspectives is nothing new. The first two brothers on earth had completely different attitudes concerning worshiping the Lord. Both brought an offering. Abel willingly gave choice cuts of meat from some of the firstborn of his animals. As time passed, Cain gave some of the produce of his farm.

God was pleased with Abel’s offering, but not with Cain’s. The Bible isn’t clear about why God accepted one offering and not the other, except to commend Abel’s faith. “By faith Abel offered a better sacrifice. . . . By faith he was . . . righteous.” God is most concerned with our motivation and the attitude of our hearts when we worship him.

Do we come to God with a heart of thanksgiving, or out of duty? The Lord desires worshipers who come to him with grateful spirits, humbly thanking him and giving him our best. This is the offering he will accept.

PRAYER

Lord, help us come to you with hearts of faith.