Personal Sacrifice - Wednesday's Dose - 19th December 2012

Wednesday's Dose - 19th December 2012

Personal Sacrifice

And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.- Genesis 4:2-5.

I reluctantly took piano lessons as a child. Miss Borchers was a stern and difficult teacher. I approached every lesson nervous, hoping she wouldn't be too hard on me. After I put piano behind me and knew her as an adult, she seemed to be among the sweetest people on earth.I was the problem, not her. I took piano lessons on my parents' insistence. Both my parents were accomplished musicians who wanted all their children to appreciate music. 

Appreciate music, I did.
Appreciate playing piano, not so much.

Mom had to remind me every day to practice. She scheduled a half hour for each of us kids and set the timer to make sure none of us cheated our time. She would scold from the kitchen to repeat a specific measure until I got it right, and then keep repeating it correctly until I unlearned the mistake.

Practicing was a dreaded chore. My practice time always seemed to come when the neighborhood kids were available to play. My heart just wasn't into playing the piano.

My sister, on the other hand, loved practicing and never had to be reminded to do it. She only had to be reminded to stop. She went to her lessons prepared and agonized over whether she was actually
prepared enough. Her lesson pleased our teacher; mine rarely did.
Cain and Abel offered different gifts to God. God found one acceptable and the other unacceptable.

It wasn't the gifts that disturbed God. It was the presentation.
Cain collected some of the fruit from his orchard and gave it to God. Scripture doesn't indicate that he gave the best he had or that he prepared it in a special way. Scripture just says that he `brought
some of his fruits' as an offering. Cain may have harvested for his family and then thrown some of that into a basket for God. He probably chose the easy way.

Abel, on the other hand, selected from the best. Then he prepared the best part of the best animal for God. He did not choose the easy way. Abel took the time to prepare his gift. He was not gleaning from his flock for his family. He was gleaning especially for God.

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father Lord, forgive us for our lack of effort to please you. You deserve our best. You deserve our time. All things come from you. Our appreciation for you should be evident in what we return to you. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Wednesday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team