Giving 100 Percent

Two quick verses from Genesis.

Genesis 4:6

The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry and why has your face fallen?”

Cain and Abel are the first siblings mentioned in the Bible.

Both brothers had just brought their offerings, their sacrifices to the Lord.  Cain’s was some fruit and vegetables from the ground.  Abel’s was the first born of his flock.

I am assuming that the first born of the flock was a greater personal sacrifice than some fruit and vegetables that grew in the field.  So I think what is being said here is that Abel was making a more concerted effort to please the Lord.

Abel was giving his all while Cain was doing just enough to get by, which is why it is written: “And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering but for Cain and his offering he had no regard.”

Therefore Cain was angry.  He felt he was being slighted by God, but Cain didn’t give one hundred percent.  Cain was doing enough to get by and not giving his very best in life.  He wasn’t being honest with himself or in his relationship with God.  At least this is what I believe this story is telling me.

God knows Cain isn’t giving his best and Cain knows it as well.

Cain isn’t upset with himself, like most of us he’s not ready to take personal responsibility for his actions.  Cain feels that somehow he got screwed in the deal and is pissed that life isn’t fair.

God knows this and knows the consequences that will follow.

Genesis 4:7

“If you do well will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well sin is crouching at the door.  Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”

Cain doesn’t rule over sin.  Cain covets the attention and rewards that Abel receives for his honest hard work.  And as I have said before covetousness leads right up the ladder of sin.   In fact Cain climbs right up to murder.

In the first and worst case of sibling rivalry, Cain slays his brother Abel.

The story of Cain and Abel isn’t just about jealousy and sibling rivalry.  It’s also about not giving one hundred percent and it’s about not being honest with yourself.

It demonstrates the pitfalls of deceiving ourselves, which is also trying to deceive God.  When we try to deceive others we lose our relationship.

Cain lost his relationship with God and sin was crouching by the door.  Cain couldn’t control it.

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