I was thinking about a sermon that I heard earlier, which really got me to thinking. I realized that after that sermon, Cain and Abel are still alive today. They are still going strong and very active within the church. Let me re-phrase that, Cain is very active within the church. We all know the story of Cain and Abel. Cain killed Abel, because that which he sacrificed to God was more presentable to God than that which Cain sacrificed. Cain was busy, Abel was basking, Cain was working, Abel was worshiping, Cain was tilling, and Abel was thanking God. Cain was so busy being busy, that he lost sight of God. He thought his sacrifice was so much more sufficient because he had worked extra hard to prepare it as opposed to Abel, who would sit under a tree in the hills tending the sheep. Cain was so busy doing a good thing, but that good thing was not necessarily a God thing. Many of us in the church are the same way today. We are so busy doing this, that or the other, that we lose sight of God through it all. We think that the works we do will get us into heaven as opposed to being in the presence of the Lord.
Cain was so sure that his good works were good enough; that when God let him know that it wasn’t that he became enraged. So much so, that he sought to kill his brother Abel, and that is exactly what he did. That same jealous spirit that Cain had is alive in the churches today. We spend so much time doing so much to get ahead or to get a position, and when sister or brother so-in-so gets promoted, we become angry and enraged. So much so that we are willing to kill. But not a physical death, we are willing to kill them with our words, or actions towards them.
We ask ourselves, “How dare they come into our church, disrupting things, singing and shouting, but not doing anything else?” We tell ourselves that we are the president of this ministry, and active within that ministry, and know all about that ministry. We are angry because they come to Sunday School and Bible Study, but we don’t, because we are too busy. We are angry because when we see them, they always seem to be in the presence of God, basking in His glory, yet we are once again too busy. We are too busy to worship, too busy to come to the altar, too busy to dwell in the presence of the almighty, and then we become enraged because we did not get promoted. We fail to realize, man can not promote you, only God promotes you. With God, works do not get you promoted over someone else; the promotion comes from spending time with God, being in the will of God, knowing God. Busy is not always better. We spend more time in preparation than in the presence of God. We spend more time talking about how busy we are than spending time in God’s presence. It is like Mary and Martha. Martha was so busy cleaning and preparing a meal for Jesus, that she became angry when Mary did not help her, but Mary thought it far better to sit at the feet and dwell in the presence of God.
We are so busy working for Jesus but we never see Jesus. Imagine working in Trump Towers. You are so busy doing this, that and the other working in Trump Towers, yet you never have the opportunity to see Donald Trump. You never speak with him, or anything. That is how we are also when working in the church. We are so busy working that we fail to see Jesus. Unlike Donald Trump, Jesus wants us to spend time with Him. Works do not get us into heaven. Romans 3:27 in The Message tells us that God does not respond to what we do, but we respond to what God does. In the New Living Translation, the whole verse reads as this, “Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on our good deeds. It is based on our faith.” We need to stop killing others because they desire to be in the presence of God. We need to stop staring strangely at others because they are in God’s presence. Stop being jealous of others because they are in God’ presence. God’s presence is there for you as well, if you want it. Apparently Cain did not want it, he knew that God said only blood can atone for sins, yet he figured because he worked so hard, his gift was good enough. Many of us think that what we do is good enough, our works is good enough. God lets us know that our works are not good enough…the only thing that is good enough is the blood…………and we realize this only when we dwell in His presence…….