By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which
he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.
When you decide to walk with Jesus as you ought
to, not everyone will like it. You might have friction with an unbelieving husband or wife. You might have friction with coworkers and friends. And sometimes even people who profess to be Christians might say you’re getting a little too “fanatical.”
We need to step out in faith. It is not always the easiest thing to do. Living by faith has a price, but faith is the willingness to obey God regardless of the circumstances.
When Moses wanted to deliver the Israelites
from Egypt, his fellow Jews got angry with him. In effect they said, “Moses, what are you even doing here? We had a good life working in the hot sun, getting whipped by Egyptians all day. Then you come along with your big ideas of faith and getting out
of here and going to someplace we’ve never even heard of! Now our life is tougher. The pharaoh is taking our straw away, and it’s harder to make bricks. Get out of here!”
There will be opposition to people who step out
in faith. Look at what happened to Abel. He stepped out in faith, and his brother, Cain, killed him. But God’s judgment came upon Cain.
Meanwhile, Abel made it into the Hall of Faith as a bona fide world changer. Verse 4 of Hebrews
11 says, “God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.” No words from Abel are recorded anywhere in the Bible. Yet the Bible says that he, being dead, still speaks.
Sometimes your life speaks volumes.
And sometimes it’s what you do that is your sermon. It has been said that Christians are walking epistles, written by God and read by men. What kind of legacy will you leave?