Abel replied, “No, Cain. God requires us to offer animal sacrifices. I want to do what God requires us to do.”
So Abel offered God what God required—animal sacrifices. Cain offered God what Cain wanted to offer God. There is no question that Cain wanted to offer to God. But the question is whether Cain offered what God required.
There is no question today that people want to worship God. But the question is whether people worship God according to what God required. That is the problem of religious sinners today. God requires repentance of sin. But people would rather go to church than repent their sin. God requires personal faith in Christ. But they would rather trust their religion than trust Christ.
The basic problem of sin is disobedience. We want to do our own thing. Yes, we want to offer something to God. But we offer only the things we want to offer. We don’t want to offer what God requires.
What does God require of us believers? Paul wrote,
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Rom. 12:1-2)
God requires us to conform to His will. But we want to conform to this world.
Deuteronomy 10:12-13 reads,
And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord.
God requires that we seek first His kingdom. God requires that we obey His will first. But we’d rather do what we want to do. God requires that we invest in the things of God. But we’d rather invest in the things of men.
Let us follow Abel’s attitude of faith. Do you know what God requires of you from the Bible? Then by faith, do what God wants you to do. Do what God requires and God will value your faith.