God’s way or our way
Devotion in Motion.
“By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he
being dead still speaks.”
1st: we need to Realize, true faith always responds to God on His terms, not ours. Adam’s two sons both offered a sacrifice… Abel went to his flocks and slaughtered a lamb. Cain went to his fields and brought a fruit basket.
But Abel offered the “more excellent sacrifice” because his offering was the sacrifice God desired.
Remember when Adam and Eve sinned they covered themselves with fig leaves. It turned out to be an itchy decision .Put a fig leaf Close to your skin and you’ll find out just how itchy and scratchy it
is… but God is much more merciful. Instead of fig leaves,
He clothed the fallen family in animal skins. But since animals don’t usually give up their skin voluntarily, that meant an animal had to be killed. God was teaching us and them that “the wages of sin is death.”
It’s thought by some bible commentators that when God rejected Cain’s sacrifice, Cain was actually 129 yrs old. He’d been offering lambs 100-plus years – he knew what God expected.
But pride got the best of him. Cain tried to substitute the work of his hands for the blood of a lamb. And God rejected his sacrifice.
When Cain laid his crops on the altar I’ll bet he was singing The song, “I Did It My Way.” But you don’t come to God “your way.” If you truly love God , you’ll love Him the way He wants to be loved, not just a way that’s convenient for you.
People today believe God will forgive you as long as you’re sincere. Your understanding of God and the details of your faith don’t matter – but that’s not true. True Faith isn’t me striking a deal of my own liking with God. It’s me accepting God’s terms and coming to him the way he desires.
That’s the only way we come to the Lord beloved:
There is nothing we can do to be acceptable to God, no amount of money to buy your way in, no amount of good works or doesn’t matter how sincere. God doesn’t grade on a curve.
We can only come by receiving the sacrifice of the lamb of God into our lives and turning from our sin. “Without the shedding of blood there is no remission for sin” Heb 9.
Jesus said “ I am the way, the truth and the life and no man comes to the Father except through me”.
We can come to the lord his way or our way but only one will be acceptable!
The choice is ours.
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