Wherefore seeing we also are compassed (surrounded by) about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race is set before us – Hebrews 12:1
The great cloud of witnesses are those who went before us and their faithfulness to God. Christianity involves hard work. It requires us to give up whatever endangers our relationship with God. To live effectively, we must keep our eyes on Jesus and the Words He has given us to incorporate in our life. Our forefathers didn’t receive the Holy Spirit, as we have, and they were dedicated to living according to God’s standards. Abel’s faith in God and his approach to God with his offering were acceptable whereas Cain wasn’t (By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and by it he being died yet speaketh – Hebrews 11:4. God remembered Abel’s faith towards Him and the attitude he gave as he was giving his offering.
.Many times we come before God with our sacrifice of worship and praise and haven’t repented of the sin or sins we have committed against Him. Many feel as though, if they take the time to go to church, forget about all the other things they have committed that was against the Word of God. Every day is holy to God, and as Christians, we should live every day as though it was the last day of our life and we want it to be pleasing to God.
We can’t live any way and expect God to accept our offering of praise and worship because He doesn’t. We can’t live according to the flesh and expect to have a spiritual encounter with God, God gives visitation to those who have committed themselves to Him completely not only at the church, but in their homes. God wants commitment from those who are professing to be Christians, He wants more than Sunday worshipers, but those who will worship Him daily in spirit and in truth.