Why was Cain so jealous of Abel?
We’ve all been so familiar with this story. The envious brother kills the faithful one. We’ve all focused on one particular lens which magnified their hearts when it comes to giving. But having read this again a few months back, I believe the Lord has revealed to me something I’ve never seen in the story before, something that maybe most of us have overlooked, something that has to do with their CALLING.
Both have worked so hard but one was focused on his craft while the other riveted his eyes on comparison. One was a shepherd and the other was a farmer. One was being faithful to what the Lord has entrusted into his hands while the other was consumed by comparing himself to his brother. And God saw all this. God saw their hearts. God wasn’t focused on the amount of what we give (it came from Him anyway) but He was appalled by the fact that the fruit of Cain’s crop was out of an envious heart.
And isn’t it that we are like Cain most of the time? So consumed by the likes and approval of people, comparing ourselves with others instead of focusing on the Creator and mastering the unique task He has assigned to us? Not realizing that the more we spend time comparing ourselves to people who excel in their craft, in their calling, the more we tend to veer away from what God has called us to do.
You see, comparison is one of the most dangerous killers of calling. We have to realize that God has different tasks, assignments and purposes for each of us. We are called to operate under His grace and not to compete with people. Hence, if we do otherwise, we just allow ourselves to fall into the trap of sin, letting it freely cripple our souls. More so, it leads us to murder people in our hearts, it robs us of our passion, it steals away our joy—the joy of simply doing things for the glory of God.