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“The Best of Me”

“At harvest time Cain brought to the Lord a gift of his farm produce,

while Abel brought several choice lambs from the best of his flock.”

Genesis 4:3-4

It is not my intent to add to the list of speculations about Cain and Abel’s offerings. However, I am quite fascinated by the short descriptions of the two. Cain, the farmer, brought a gift from his work. Abel, the shepherd, brought choice lambs from the best of his work.

Just a gift, or the best gift…what does GOD expect? His instructions in Leviticus were clear…animal offerings should have no physical defects. Other offerings were to be from choice flour or the best of the fresh wine and grain. In fact, later God called sacrifices of blind, crippled, or diseased animals worthless and He labeled as cheats those who promise to give a fine offering and bring a defective one instead! (Malachi 1:10-14)

So, am I a cheat? Do I give God the best of my time, the moments when I have the most energy? Or do I give Him the leftover minutes when I’m feeling exhausted? Do I serve Him with what I do best, or with what I can do the quickest? Do I offer the treasures I love most, or the ones I don’t mind losing? My God does not deserve my worthless gift…He deserves the best of me!


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