“The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering” (Genesis 4:4)
Whenever God fixes His eyes on something, it is because He is pleased with it. Abel gave the best of his flock to illustrate that, as the Creator of all things, God deserves the best. His offering reflected the place God held in his heart. Abel spent time selecting and preparing his offering, revealing that he loved God with all his heart, with all his mind and with all his strength.
The only way that Abel could truly express his thankfulness to God was with a substitutive act. God was pleased to see how clearly Abel had understood that, one day, the Creator would also offer what He loved and treasured most: His Son Jesus Christ (Hebrews 11:4). Defenseless, He would be led to death, shedding His blood to pay the highest price for the redemption of humanity.
The bible teaches us that it is possible to give an offering incorrectly
“…but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor…” (v. 5)
For lack of sacrifice, Cain’s offering exemplifies an offering that does not touch the heart of God.
When God does not accept an offering, it implies that He does not accept the person who gave it.
Instead of repenting, Cain allowed bitterness to overpower him, causing him to fall into deep depression.
He chose to walk a path full of selfishness, so God cast him out of His presence.
God’s message to Cain was very clear: if you do not want to walk with Me, I will not walk with you. Although it seems improbable, the offering we give to God will determine our future because the way in which we give an offering represents whether we are accepting or rejecting the offering God gave us when he gave his Son for our redemption (John 3:16).
Spiritual marks and labels attract the spiritual – something Satan knows full well. Understanding our value, he tries to mark our lives from childhood, using traumatic situations to label people with rejection, a lack of love, insecurity and fear.
In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus teaches us that He came to bind up the wounds we have in our hearts. He heals us and removes our negative labels so that He can then place the seal of His Spirit in every one of His children.