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Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see. It was their faith that made our ancestors pleasing to God. Because of our faith, we know that the world was made at God's command. We also know that what can be seen was made out of what cannot be seen. Because Abel had faith, he offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. God was pleased with him and his gift, and even though Abel is now dead, his faith still speaks for him.
A very wise man once told me that leaving a large estate of property and money is not the best thing you can leave for your children.
The best thing to pass on to your children and to those who knew you well is an example of faith and obedience to God.
God was pleased with Abel and his sacrifice. Abel trusted God and had faith in Him. That pleased God. Abel was obedient and sacrificed the thing that God wanted.
Faith and Obedience are both desired by God. If you have faith in God but do not obey Him, God will not be pleased. If you do not trust the Lord but attempt to be obedient to His commands, He will not be happy.
An old song said it well. "Trust and Obey, for their is no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to Trust and Obey."
May it be said of you that God is pleased with both your Faith and your Sacrifice. Abel left a legacy for all of us that is more valuable than all the gold and silver in the world!
"Lord Jesus, may I leave those who come after me an example of faith in You and obedience to Your every command. Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever. Amen."