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Don't Compare Your Life Away
Was Abel favored over Cain? Why didnít the Lord accept Cainís offering? What right response was the Lord looking for?
It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. God accepted Abelís offering to show that he was a righteous man (Hebrews 11:4).
Cainís rejected offering was in response to his lack of faith and unrighteousness. God gave Cain an opportunity to remedy the situation; however, instead of listening to God and looking within his own heart to seek understanding of the situation, he took his anger out on his brother and killed Abel. Cain blamed Abel as the cause of the Lordís displeasure, not himself.
Godís lesson to us is not about the material possessions we have or even in the material possessions we offer up to Him. He doesnít care about the things of the earth or how we compare to one another. What God cares about is our own faithfulness and our own righteousness, irrespective of one another.
Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else (Galatians 6:4).
Our goal is to stay within the boundaries of Godís plan for us (2 Corinthians 10:13).
It is easy to look at someone else and want what they have, pass judgment, or blame them for our disappointment. However, God wants each of us to take responsibility for ourselves. He gives each of us the opportunity to respond in the right way. Let us not compare our lives to others, rather let us live it according to how God guides and directs each of us individually.
Paul gives us some final counsel:
Everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I may have Christ and become one with him (Philippians 3:8-9).
Cliff Young is a contributing writer to Sandlot Stories (ARose Books), as well as the monthly column, "He Said-She Said," in Crosswalk.com's Singles Channel. An architect and former youth worker, he now works with Christian musicians and consults for a number of Christian ministries. Got feedback? Send your comments and questions to CYdmg@yahoo.com.