Saturday, October 1, 2022
I get to finish the book of Hebrews today with you, and wow have we covered a lot! The last chapter is full of little gems like marriage, money, peace, faith, prayer… each are uniquely different, making it hard to write a quick devotional. So, I’m going to cover the topic that spoke the most to me this week! You may be drawn to a different aspect of the text, and I encourage you to listen to God’s voice and what He has to tell you versus my own thoughts and ideas. Hopefully I’ll have something to add though!
I’m going to focus on the relational aspect of this chapter. Verses 1 and 2 talks about loving others; specifically, strangers. Now, it may be the “Minnesota-nice” in me, but I seriously love this reminder! One of my biggest pet peeves is when people are rude to others they don’t even know. Anytime I encounter someone new who is rude, or even just has a scowl on their face, it automatically turns me off from anything they have to say.
We are told to be examples of Christ, and as Christians, we absolutely are whether or not we think so! If we are outspoken in our faith, if someone knows you go to church on Sundays, or whatever the situation might be, to anyone we interact with, we are examples of Christianity as a whole. That is a big responsibility! These verses are great reminders to love one another and to show hospitality to everyone we meet. Who knows, maybe you’re loving on an angel!
Skipping ahead just a bit to verse 16, we have another reminder in how to act towards others. We are told to do good and share with them. Obviously, this is another way in which we can show the love of God and demonstrate Christianity to new believers. But, I’ll be completely honest, I’m not always in the best mood to share or do good for other people. And quite frankly, sometimes people don’t deserve it! But this verse isn’t telling us to do these things for other people alone. We are told to offer these things as sacrifices to please God. Depending on the person, sacrifice might be a good word to describe it! I think it makes it easier to do good and share if I think of doing it for God versus for man.
Looking at the word sacrifice in verse 16 and the verse directly before that, I am reminded at how the Hebrews originally viewed that word. Remember, they are still learning that sacrifice no longer has to be the shedding of blood! That must have been a little confusing to go from sacrifice being blood to being worship and sharing! This is just another way that shows how drastically Jesus can change our lives. He took the unclean, messy, death and changed it in to praising God and showing love to others!
We are so incredibly lucky to have a Savior that has changed our world for us. As a show of gratitude, we can focus on loving one another and spreading the same grace we receive from him to others. In times like this when our world is hurting from the loss of people to things such as mass shootings, plane crashes, abortions, wars, natural disasters, and so many other horrible things in this life, I encourage you, brothers and sisters, to show a little love.
Grace be with you all!
-Sarah Blanchard Johnson
(originally posted for SeekGrowLove on February 17, 2018)
- Reading through Hebrews 13 which of these final instructions is most powerful to you?
- How will you share and do good to others this week – remembering that this is your sacrifice which pleases God.