Genesis 4:5 – “but [God] did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.” (NKJV)
We see in Ephesians 5:33 that one of man’s core needs is respect, especially within marriage. If he doesn’t get this respect it positions him to do all sorts of bad things with his strength. We see this happening in Cain’s situation – God didn’t “respect” Cain for his offering, and it ended up in Cain murdering his brother. He used his strength to kill instead of heal.
But recognize the reason God didn’t respect Cain was because Cain wasn’t living respectably. God had already granted respect to Cain because Cain was made in His image, but it was Cain’s responsibility to keep this respect. When he failed to give God his best he gave up the one thing he needed most – respect. It was Cain’s fault.
Such is the case of any man who doesn’t do his best. You’re only hurting yourself when you do this. You need respect more than you know, but you’re gonna have to give your best to be worthy of the respect you so desperately need.
Apply this to your work – make your work your worship to God. Give your best effort as if God Himself gave you the task, no matter how small it may be.
Apply this to your marriage – give your wife your very best at home. Pour yourself into her and the kids. Watch how incredibly they will respond.
Apply this to your body – give your best effort to be healthy and stay healthy for all those people who rely on you. Don’t think about taste – think about longevity of life!
Apply this to every other area of your life, especially now in the new year. Commit to giving your best at everything you do and watch how God will bless you with respect.