DO NOT KILL YOUR ABEL: DRAW CLOSE IN HUMILITY AND LEARN
One of the greatest blessings I have had in the past year is a dear brother and sister who are also amazing ministers of the gospel. Our mental shift started when we decided to attend one of their major meetings. When we got there and saw the organization’s operations, we knew we had to learn the wisdom behind the operations. Without saying many words to us then, we learnt a lot by observation.
Initially, we would just say a warm hello to one another in meetings, but that visit changed everything. We were humble enough to draw close and ask questions to seek clarification for matters we were trying to solve.
Listen, I know you are doing great already, but even if you are a king in your space, kings are humble enough to learn from other kings. Did the Queen of Sheba not travel all the way to learn from King Solomon?
If by the election of grace, you see the approval of God resting upon the Abel of your generation, never allow pride mixed with envy to make you throw stones at them or pierce them with swords of accusation like Cain. If Cain is humble enough to learn from Abel, Cain would also raise an excellent sacrifice.
If you are stuck to your age biologically, or the years of growth in your career or ministerial journey, you will insist that you are the elder brother and would despise God’s move on Abel’s obedience. Be humble enough to draw close and learn.
Kings learn from kings. Queen of Sheba came with hard questions and got all her answers:
So Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing so difficult for the king that he could not explain it to her. And when the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food on his table, the seating of his servants, the service of his waiters and their apparel, his cupbearers, and his entryway by which he went up to the house of the Lord, there was no more spirit in her.
I Kings 10:3-5 NKJV
And when you get answers, kings are humble enough to admit and appreciate those they learn from and highlight specifically what they have learnt. Admit it when you have learnt from someone. Do not package it like “personal revelation.”
Then she said to the king: “It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom. However I did not believe the words until I came and saw with my own eyes; and indeed the half was not told me. Your wisdom and prosperity exceed the fame of which I heard. Happy are your men and happy are these your servants, who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom! Blessed be the Lord your God, who delighted in you, setting you on the throne of Israel! Because the Lord has loved Israel forever, therefore He made you king, to do justice and righteousness.”
I Kings 10:6-9 NKJV
Whenever you learn from your Abels, be humble enough to honour them with your giving also. You can never compare what you have received with what you will give.
Then she gave the king one hundred and twenty talents of gold, spices in great quantity, and precious stones. There never again came such abundance of spices as the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
I Kings 10:10 NKJV
Refrain from competing with those you can learn from. It will be a major error. Be humble!
temilOluwa Ola, Eruwa.