God’s report card

[The Glory Unveiled]

And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. ( Genesis 4:4-5 )

Many people came to the baptismal service of John the Baptist at the Jordan river. But out of the massive crowd, it was only one person who had a report from heaven—“this is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased”—the father’s report for that matter. One may think that Jesus had that report from the Father because he was the son of God but then it isn’t so, under that circumstance. Prior to this time, Jesus had not been known to have performed any miracles, he had not even preached any sermons. So, the report that came from heaven was not based on his ministerial deeds. The report was a commendation of his heart. “….in whom….” means that there was something in Him that delighted the Father; His heart of obedience. In our anchor verse of Scripture, we read an excerpt from the account of Cain and Abel. Cain was the first to present an offering to God but what he brought was just ordinary and ceremonious. Abel on the other hand, brought the fat portions of the firstborn of his flock. The description of Abel’s offering suggests that he thought carefully about the offering before he brought it before God. And then, like Jesus, he was commended—he was accepted (verse 7). Instead of being hasty and perfunctorily swayed by emotions, we must be sincere and obedient to the father through faith in Him; applying all the courtesies due Him as King. And then, His report will smile on us also.

Prayer_Bead: My Father in Heaven, in whom consist all things and by whom the Heavens and the earth are sustained. I yield my heart to you in utter obedience. Help me to live my days as you have ordained it.

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