Sunday, January 8, 2017
Being Dead, Yet Speak
UV 2169/10000 Being Dead, Yet Speak
By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
Hebrews 11 v 4
The manger leader or manager always offer the better sacrifice. Everything we think, feel, speak and do should be in the manner of an offering of an excellent sacrifice to God. It is not to gratify ourselves, our egos, our appetite but to please the Creator. In order that it is pleasing like Abel’s, we need to be whole-hearted in our dedication, not withholding anything from the Lord. We are only giving back to the Lord what rightly belongs to Him. The greatest sacrifice we can make is dedicating our hearts to the Lord for in it are all the issues of life. Abel dedicated his heart to the Lord while Cain held bitterness and envy in his heart and could not offer his heart to the Lord. Cain could only make a namesake sacrifice. He only went through the religious motions. It did not really matter to the Lord whether He is offered a dead animal or grain. What matters to Him is the heart with which we approach Him and the attitude with which we do anything.
Abel offered a blemishless lamb, the first fruit of his flock, the best- the forerunner of Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God, the best. God always wants us to put our best foot forward first and always. It pleases God when we are diligent and consistently aim to do our best in all things. The Lord is not a passive witness of our lives but He watches what we do and responds to us, either with acceptance or rejection of our offering. He commends us while we are doing our best. The Lord will give testimony to others about our faith. Abel’s faith was that whatever He attempted for God was all that matters. He knew that it will bring him the greatest blessing, the greatest eternal reward. He was not comparing himself with anyone including his brother Cain. He was just thankful to the Lord for life, provision and blessing upon the work of his hands. In offering the best of his flock, he was acknowledging his faith that it was the Lord who had prospered his flock, made it grow and multiply.
Abel “ being dead, yet speaks” is a wonderful and amazing testimony about the sacrifice of Abel. Though it led to his slaying by his envious and angry brother Cain, he was not silenced for all time. His faith and his desire to do his very best for the Lord, to bring his best to the altar of the Creator makes him outstanding in human history. Eventually, when we keep doing our best for the Lord, we too when we die, will “yet speak.” It is my hope that ‘uni-verse’ will continue to speak to people around the world long after I am gone. The manger leader or manager is not aiming to communicate for temporary or temporal impact, for earthly power or influence but for eternal impact.
Prateep V Philip