“… Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.”
(Hebrews 11:4b, NIV)
Abel was the second born son of the first parents (Adam and Eve). We have no recorded words from him, but as Hebrews 11:4 tells us, he still speaks even though he died thousands of years ago. When it was time to give an offering his brother Cain gave God something, but Abel gave Him the best. Consequently, God accepted Abel’s gift and rejected Cain’s. Though Abel died a brutal death without a family and an inheritance, his short life had an eternal impact.
Your life too can have an impact that will outlive you into eternity. How? Like Abel, let your faith speak with excellence in your actions. He gave generously and lived sacrificially. He didn’t just give to God; he gave Him his best (see Genesis 4:4). He didn’t just love the Lord, he loved Him wholeheartedly. He didn’t just serve God; he served Him with all his might.
From his life we learn that our actions not only speak louder than our words; they also speak better and longer than our words. So let your life speak silently today and every day by pursuing excellence in every area of your life. Do your best with what you have instead of complaining about what you don’t have. Live generously, love sacrificially, pray fervently, worship God wholeheartedly and serve joyfully. There’s no better way to express our faith in a loving, kind, gracious, holy, merciful and powerful God.
This has to be one of the saddest verses in the whole Bible: “(Amaziah) did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, but not wholeheartedly.” (2 Chronicles 25:2, NIV) May that never be said of anyone reading this.
Have a blessed Wednesday