Abel is one of those characters we meet only for a short time. In the narrative, he is killed off almost immediately so we don’t know much about him other than the fact that he was a shepherd (a popular Bible profession) and that he loved the Lord.
One day, brothers Cain and Abel both brought offerings to God. Cain brought from the fruit of the ground and Abel brought the best of his flock, he brought his first born. God regarded Abel’s sacrifice and not Cain’s. Then Cain got mad and murdered his brother though the Lord told him not to.
Talk about an unfortunate ending for such an obedient man!
But the writer of Hebrews gives us some insight into his character.
“By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.” Hebrews 11:4 (ESV)
The faith that is displayed when we are obedient is something that lasts for long after we’re gone. Though our lives on this earth are finite and limited, we have the ability and privilege, with our obedience, to make something that lasts. There are people who are faithful believers today because of prayers and obedience that a great-great-relative displayed decades before they were even born. We have a chance today to be those people for future generations! Now’s our chance to be an example to those around us, displaying how to faithfully serve God.
How can you be an example of obedience to those around you today? Let’s allow our faith to speak for itself and point others around us to God who is crazy about them!
How has your life changed because of the faithfulness of those who came before you? If any of them are still alive, I encourage you to reach out to them today and just say “thank you”.
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