God is not interested in hollow gestures or things done just because that is the way they have always be done. God is more interested in your heart and the motive behind what you are doing. In the book of Genesis we find a perfect example of this in the story of Cain and Abel. Cain and Abel were the sons of Adam and Eve. They both decided to offer sacrifices to God. God accepted one brother’s sacrifice and did not accept the other brother’s sacrifice. Why? In order to understand that you have to actually read the entire message. And here is what it says. “Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering-fat portions from the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. The the Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? Why is your is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” (Genesis 4:2-7 NIV). God accepted Abel’s sacrifice because he offered him the best portion of his output. In other words Abel gave God his best and had his heart in the right place. Cain on the other hand offered God what he had left over after he had done whatever he wanted to with the rest. Cain’s problem wasn’t the type of sacrifice he offered, but his problem was his attitude and his heart. Cain thought God should accept his offering simply because he made it, never fully understanding what his brother understood. Cain failed to realize that is not the act of offering anything to God that matters, instead what matters it the motive behind the offering. God wants you to present offerings to him not because you have to, but because you get to. Remember this: God sent his son to die for you and what better way to honor him than to offer him your very best. When you do this you are storing up treasures in heaven.