DAILY WORD 9/10/20
15. Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.
16. And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.
Hebrews 13:15–16 NLT
Today’s passage once more deals with Meat, though in a more subtle way than we did yesterday. There is of course the “Strong Meat of the Word” that we’ve been discussing throughout this Book but this particular passage refers to “sacrifice” as well, much as it did yesterday. The sacrifice referred to prior was that of both sacrificial meat/blood offerings and Jesus’s Broken Body. Today the sacrifices we will cover are those of “Praise” and “Good Works”.
Verse 15 begins with the word, “therefore”, indicating that there was a prior statement leading to this admonition. We covered that yesterday when the author reminded us of Jesus’s Sacrifice on the Cross and of our responsibility to Honor that Sacrifice with our shared Reproach with Him.
The Praise we offer to God referred to in Verse 15, in this case, is on behalf of His Sacrifice for us to Atone for our sin. The author is telling us to give God continual Praise and Worship for His Grace, His Goodness, and His Love. It is only His Love that would cause such a Noble and Powerful Being to Lay Down His Life for the things He Created so that they would not have to pay for the transgressions they committed and owed the price for perpetrating.
How could we not Praise Him for such an undeserved and unwarranted blessing? We deserve to pay the wages for our sin, and because, as Romans 6:23 states, “the wages of sin is death,” there had to be compensation for the sins we committed. However, that same Verse goes on to tell us, “but the Gift of God is Eternal Life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
He Paid the Price for our sins that warranted death with His own Blood. The Praise that such action merits is undeniable and as the author tells us in Verse 15 of today’s passage He deserves that Praise to flow to Him continually. We should be so appreciative and grateful for His Sacrifice that our Praise should flood His Throne at all times regardless of our circumstances or surroundings.
However, even given His Worthy Status there is another action that is almost as important that we should never forget to perform on His behalf as well. In addition to Praising God, we must never forget to “do good and communicate” His Love and Grace to others. That is the sacrifice that we can perform that Pleases God. It is one thing to continually Praise Him but if we neglect to actually act on the Catalyst of our Praise and tell others about His Goodness and then do good just like He did when He was here then what good is our Praise really?
We have a Commission to Preach the Gospel to all the world and part of Preaching the Gospel is BEING the Gospel. To do that we must act out the Love of Christ. That means that when we see a brother or sister in need, Christian or not, or when we see another individual or a group suffering we must act. Standing up for the downtrodden, the poor, and the oppressed is what “doing good” looks like.
Verse 16 indicates that our sacrifice to the Lord in this manner will ‘Please God”. That by extension means that ignoring those in need will lead to God be displeased. To see oppressed, poor, or suffering brothers and sisters and to act like their issues are not ours to intervene in or like they do not exist is an affront to God and will certainly displease Him.
It takes more than just Praising God to be a Christian. It requires hard work, in the trenches, with those that are suffering to Truly Please God. We are not called to just sit by and be so holy minded that we are no earthly good. We have to actually get our hands dirty and do the work that God has sent us here for. We are His Hands here on Earth and it is work and communication as well as Praise and Worship that will get us there. Nobody said it was going to be easy but it is God’s Will. People all around us are in need and it’s time to get to work. Chew on that!
Have a Thought-Provoking Thursday, FB, and Stay Safe out there!