“It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith.” (Hebrews 11:4, NLT)
“Her next child was his brother, Abel. Abel became a shepherd, while Cain was a farmer. 3 At harvest time Cain brought the Lord a gift of his farm produce, 4 and Abel brought the fatty cuts of meat from his best lambs, and presented them to the Lord. And the Lord accepted Abel’s offering, 5 but not Cain’s. This made Cain both dejected and very angry, and his face grew dark with fury.” (Genesis 4:2-5, TLB)
There are several examples in the Bible of people that operated in great amounts of faith and expectation and there are many other examples I could have used, but this one stuck out to me and I believe is to encourage someone today.
There are a lot of theories and thoughts around this story of Cain and Abel and why God accepted Abel’s offering and didn’t accept Cain’s. I’m not writing today to put you in fear that God doesn’t accept your offering and will punish you, because that’s not the covenant we are now under. I believe that Abel gave an offering of expectation. He could have just picked any lamb, but he chose the fatty cuts of meat from his best lambs. I believe he knew the power of offering and he was giving because he was expecting.
I want to encourage you today to give offerings of expectation. Now, there’s a fine line, don’t give only because you want to get something back, that’s not what I’m saying. What I’m saying is when you give, give your best, and expect that God’s going to honor that. I’m not just talking about money, though that’s part of it, I’m talking about all aspects of your life. When you give of your time and your talents, it’s an offering to God. When you do this, do it to the best of your ability. Don’t do things halfhearted, do them with everything that is within you because it becomes an offering to God and He will honor that.
Whether you give an offering of money or an offering of your time and your talents, do it with expectancy. Don’t do it just expecting God to do something for you but do it expecting that God will use your offering and others will be blessed because of it.
Give offerings of expectation and watch God move, not just in your life, but in the lives of others.