Have you ever received a gift and thought to yourself, “How much effort went into this?” Sometimes we receive gifts we don’t really like. Some of those gifts we end up re-gifting to others. In fact, US News & World Report did an article about dos and don’ts of re-gifting. Don’t “re-gift within the family.” Do “package it prettily.” The point is sometimes we receive what we do not want. And we give what we really don’t want.
We do this to God too. Instead of putting our thought and heart into what we offer him, some of us give him half-hearted gifts.
In Genesis 4, a man named Cain decided to give God something he really didn’t want, and it cost him dearly. His brother on the other hand gave his best, which introduces us to the concept of first-fruit offerings.