Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Cain offering...or Abel offering?

Our Bible lesson this week, on Unreality, includes parts of the two Genesis stories of creation. Christian Science holds with the first account where God created man in His own image and likeness. God sees work is done, He sees all of His creation and pronouces it very good. The second account presents a second version of creation, this one material with a different view of God and His children.

What interested me this morning is the story of Cain and Abel, sons of Adam and Eve. Both of them prepared an offering for the Lord God. Abel, a keeper of sheep, brings him the firstlings of the flock. His gift is accepted and honored. Cain apparently throws together a basket of vegetables. The Lord God is not pleased with this. I don't think it was the offering itself that mattered. After all, they were only giving back what really belonged to Him in the first place. I think it was the spirit in which the offering was prepared and presented, the love behind it, and the gratitude. Cain made little or no effort. When chastized, instead of doing a better job, he seeks out his brother and kills him.

I have to ask myself, just what am I bringing as an offering to God today? How much time and effort am I putting in to make this gift a true 'thank you'. What am I willing to put into that basket? Those who dwell in or on matter cannot please God. Those who dwell in and on things spiritual, do please God. We must listen less to our physical senses and their opinions and complaints and more to the angel messages coming from divine Mind.

What will you offer today?

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