About a year ago, my father-in-law mentioned the idea that there are two types of Christians. There are Cain Christians versus Abel Christians, and they are always “versus.” This should never be the case, but it is true when Cain Christians do not want to turn and surrender in humility before God.
And the Lord said to Cain, Why are you angry? And why do you look sad and depressed and dejected? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you, but you must master it. 8 And Cain said to his brother, Let us go out to the field. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Gen 4:6-8 AMP
Cain Disguises Jealousy With The Appearance Of Truthfulness
Cain attacked and killed Abel because he was jealous of the favor that God gave to Abel. He didn’t receive the favor of God because he wasn’t able to bring himself before God in surrender, to sacrifice in humility, and to do what is truly right.
Cain wanted to appear to live in truth without actually paying the price of true surrender. He wanted to do what seemed to be most convenient for himself.
When Cain Is Mad, Abel Is His Enemy
Cain Christians become angry, sad, depressed, miserable, and resentful as a result of not doing well. It’s their own fault. Yet, nothing stirs up those emotions more than an Abel Christian walking in the favor of God.
When God said, “you must master it,” He made it clear that we have a choice accompanied by consequences. We must do well, which is action that comes out of a heart intent on doing well. Jesus said that it is what comes out of the heart that defiles us (Mat. 15:18-19). That is why God desires truth from our deepest inward parts (Psa. 51:6).
When God Confronts Cain, He Attacks Abel
God told Cain that if he would do well, he would be accepted. That word translated as accepted literally means, “elevated.” God desired to elevate Cain, but instead of turning to God in humility and surrender, Cain plotted to attack Abel.
Cain’s punishment was a curse in the area of his strengths and the inability to be rooted (Gen. 4:11-12). After all of this, he still did not repent. Instead, he made another bad decision and left the presence of the Lord to live in the land of Nod, which means wandering (Gen. 4:16).
Surrender – You Must Be Abel
Just as Cain could have become like Abel through the surrender of true repentance, we all have to choose our response to God. The only way to remain rooted in God and receive His favor, is to allow Him to confront the truth of our own hearts and to take responsibility for our lives.
Surrender. Do well. Be Abel. And God will elevate you.
Jeremy Caris is the founder and president of Caris Ministries. Since he is called as a prophet and gifted as a teacher, much of his focus involves equipping believers to hear, know, and follow God in their own daily experience. He teaches the foundational truth of the Word with simple clarity, while revealing deep things of the spirit in practical ways. He has the unique ability to demystify the supernatural side of real relationship with a living God and make it an embraceable and accessible reality for all believers. Jeremy has been married to his best friend, Mandy Caris, for twenty years, and is the proud father of two boys.