When Your Best is Not Good Enough

avatar
Follow Me

When Your Best is Not Good Enough

By Daniel Kolenda   /     Mar 03, 2011  /     Articles, Devotional, Teachings  /  

Greetings from Moldova (Eastern Europe).  I have just arrived from the amazing campaign in Togo.  I am preaching here today and then heading to Houston.  Before I share what is on my heart today, I want to mention that if you live in the Houston area, I hope see you on Saturday for two powerful meetings!  (to find out more information about the morning “IMPARTATION BREAKFAST, Click Here

AND…for the evening HEALING AND MIRACLE ENCOUNTER, Click Here

One night, in family devotions, I was reading to my kids from a Bible storybook about Cain and Abel. In this author’s rendition of the story, Cain’s offering was rejected because it was not his best, while Abel’s offering was the best he had to give and therefore acceptable to God. It suddenly hit me like a ton of bricks…this writer missed the entre point of the Biblical story! In fact, I believe the reality is quite the opposite.

Cain was a “tiller of the ground”.  His days consisted of backbreaking manual labor and he earned every morsel with the “sweat of his brow”.  When asked to bring a sacrifice to God, he must have surely thought that his offering would be the best in God’s sight.  Cain’s offering was the hard earned fruit of his labor, the work of his own blistered hands.

But, in spite of all Cain’s striving, God rejected his offering.  The Bible says, “Cain was exceedingly angry and his countenance fell” (Gen 4:5). Cain was so frustrated and angry because he had indeed brought his best to God…and yet his best was not good enough. God said, “If you do well, will you not be accepted?” “Do well?” Cain must have thought. “I’ve done the best I can do.” Perhaps Cain knew in his heart that he had worked longer and harder than Able ever did. Through sweat, tears and hard manual labor Cain had worked the thorny soil to bring this offering to the Lord. Yet God was pleased with Abel’s gift and not his own. Cain could not understand and soon his frustration boiled over into murderous rage.

Why was Abel’s offering acceptable to God? Was it a better offering? Had Abel worked more or harder or better? On the contrary…Abel brought the blood of an innocent other. The real sacrifice was not his at all…it was really the sheep who had paid the dearest price. Abel was NOT relying on the work of his hands and the fruit of his labor. Somehow he understood that it was the blood that satisfied God. “Without the shedding of blood there is no remission” (Heb 9:22).

Cain is a type of all those who come to God with the work of their own hands. Even if we do our best and strive with all our might to please God, we will always come up short, no matter how well-intentioned we may be. Whenever you swipe the credit card of your own righteousness into God’s ATM it will ALWAYS be declined. All our righteousness is like filthy rags.

Abel is a type of all those who come to God with the blood of that innocent other; the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. It is the blood of Jesus that has cleansed us from all sin (I John 1:7). It is the blood of Jesus that has purged our conscience from dead works (Heb 9:14). It is the blood of Jesus that has reconciled us unto God (Eph 2:13). It is the blood of Jesus that has redeemed us (1 Pet 1:18).

Abel came not on the basis of his works, but in faith, and like Abraham, “It was counted to him as righteousness.” By faith we carry God’s own credit card, without a capital limit, backed by the collateral of heaven’s endless supply, and billed to Calvary’s address. Hallelujah!

46 Comments

  1. avatar
    james ashmore Says: December 15, 2011 6:25 am

    .(cont.) from previous email)
    because God wasn’t inspecting the offerer, but the purity of the offering. Even so, when we come to God, we need only come in the name of Him Who is always accepted, and this gives confidence and assurance, for His blood always gives entrance! God prosper your ministry and produce even greater fruit!
    James

    Reply this comment
  2. avatar
    james ashmore Says: December 15, 2011 6:14 am

    How true! When the Israelite came with his sacrifice, he find’t have to be worried about his own condition, because God wasn’t’t looking at him, God

    Reply this comment
  3. avatar
    Bustobabs Says: October 15, 2011 2:31 pm

    gr8t 2 learn anew, Bless u Evangelist… infact i jst added yu on my tweeter
    I still rememba the last tym U preached late last year in Akure, Nigeria… I was blessed with the message on Zacheaus and the stolen moneyRestitution. MayGod continue to strengthen and keep yu (amen)

    Reply this comment
  4. avatar
    Charlie Says: June 22, 2011 4:32 pm

    Thank you so much.

    I still have to learn this lesson over and over again. Praying to move into really relying on the Grace of God and His Righteousness. Have mercy on me Lord Not my own.

    Reply this comment

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*