The 4th chapter of the book of Genesis tells the story of two men who took very different paths in life. These men were the brothers Cain and Abel. The Bible says that Abel brought a sacrifice to God of the best of his flock, while Cain brought the leftovers of the crops that he grew. God looked favorably on Abel’s offering, but rejected Cain’s.
This is the backdrop for what would come next and where I want to focus. Cain became very angry with the Lord and God responded.
Genesis 4:6-7 (NIV) reads:
6 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
Because of his jealousy, Cain killed his brother and suffered the consequences of that action for the rest of his life. However, let’s look at this scripture from a different angle: doesn’t sin crouch at our doors every day? And are we not called to crucify the flesh every day, so that we can live for God? (Galatians 5:24)
God calls us to be masters of our sin and slaves to Christ. The important question is how exactly we can do that faithfully, every day. One of the first things to ask yourself is this: in what area am I not submitting to Christ’s authority? I ask myself this often, and I find that it pops up as I go through out my day. Am I letting my thoughts rule me, instead of me taking each and every single one of the blasted things captive? (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Cain let his bitterness rule him, and in the end, he killed his own flesh and blood out of anger. Do we do the same? Jesus said that if you hate someone in your heart, you have already murdered them. (Matthew 5:21-26) Hmm, that sounds a little convicting doesn’t it? What about lust? Our Lord said that if you lust after a woman you’ve already committed adultery in your heart.
There are many more examples I could give that the Lord speaks to, but you will find one common theme with all of them – it starts with the heart. The Bible says to guard your heart, because out of it comes the wellspring of life. (Proverbs 4:23) It is in our heart that we decide daily whether we are going to serve God or serve our sin. Cain learned this the hard way but luckily, we don’t have to.
I hope this was helpful to you, and you can always contact me if you have any questions.
In Christ, Teresa Blaes