At this point in the Ride Along, Abel would remind us not only to give God our best, but he would also encourage us to stay in our lane.
Here we have Cain and Abel, brothers who are in two different lines of work, but they are both using their resources to bring an offering to God. One is a farmer and one is a shepherd. Cain has a lane. Abel has a lane. God designed you with some certain talents, abilities, and gifts. He has designed us to fit best in a lane as we run the race of life.
Paul puts it this way, “We are all many members, and all members of one body. The body of Christ consist of many members.” The eye can’t say I don’t need you and walk away from the rest of the body and still function in excellence as an eye. Likewise, a foot can’t will itself to be a brain. Each member of your body has its function and purpose and WE have our function and purpose as a part of the body of Christ. But, we all need to work together in our best-designed roles. We need to stay in our lane and not compare our gift to someone else.
Cain was so focused on Abel and his offering, he couldn’t give God his best. He was so obsessed with Abel and his offering, he thought it better to kill Abel so God’s standard would be lowered. Cain wanted to get Abel out of the picture so his gift would be regarded, instead of bringing God is best and staying in his lane. Then the ground he works for a living is cursed, and he has to be a fugitive and wander the earth. One of the saddest scriptures is Genesis 4:16, “Then Cain went away from the presence of the Lord and settled in the land of Nod (which means wandering) east of Eden.”
Abel would encourage us to stay in our lane. He would say don’t stop running to look and compare yourself to anyone else. We are meant to run along side each other in unity. Our lanes are going to look different, but we are better in our diversity. He would say we don’t have the same gifts and talents, but we all can give God our best when we stay in our lane.
Preparing and preaching sermons are a part of my lane. When I first started preparing sermons I began to compare myself to other preachers. I would write something and say, “That doesn’t sound as good as (Insert Name).” I stayed in this mode of comparison and I would get nowhere. The Holy Spirit gently turned my head to focus back on Jesus and He reminded me that I was fearfully and wonderfully made and that if God wanted a replica of another pastor, he would have made one himself.
“But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.” - 2 Corinthians 10:12b
What does your lane look like? Where has God designed you to be your best and to give your best to him? God wants to reveal His purposes for you to you. He doesn’t wish to hide His will from you. What does your lane look like? We all have skills. We all have talents. We all have something to contribute as an offering to the Father. We all have a lane to run in, but we have to make the choice right now to give God our best. We have to decide that we are not going to use others to measure our success. We have to decide to run the race of life free from the sin of comparison. Are you ready to give God your best and stay in your lane?