July 5: Go Do

Read Hebrews 13:1-25

It has been an incredible journey through Hebrews which taught that all humanity faces eternal judgment for sin, but Jesus is our eternal high priest who sympathizes with human weakness, and yet offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for sin.[1] The author emphasized that faith in what God did for us is the only way to please God and to participate in His eternal salvation promises! Perseverance is necessary in the Christian faith, and thus the author warns against a lack of endurance. It’s clear that God’s promise of eternal salvation is trustworthy!

Like any good teacher, the author of Hebrews uses His conclusion to bring some practical applications to the readers. Since Jesus loved us by paying our penalty for sin, we should be motivated to do His will! You can’t do works in order to receive salvation, but it is crucial to do works because of salvation. Faith must lead to doing God’s will because obedience is the evidence or authentication that you have genuine heart-change. If a fruit tree fails to bear fruit, there is no evidence that it is alive!

Read again, slowly, through what God says He desires for us to do. I encourage you to stop at each one and examine your life. How are you doing with this…really?

  • Continue brotherly love
  • Be hospitable to strangers (they could be angels in disguise, you never know)
  • Remember those in prison/mistreated/persecuted (it’s a hurting part of the body that you are a part of)
  • Honor marriage (save intimacy for it and be a faithful spouse)
  • Don’t love money, be content (because God will never leave you or forsake you)
  • Remember your church leaders (pray for them and encourage them)
  • Don’t be led astray by false teachings
  • Be willing to suffer the rejection that Jesus did for the Gospel
  • Praise God with your mouth
  • Do good and share what you have (these sacrifices are pleasing to God)

Before you get overwhelmed or disappointed when you fail at any of these, remember that it is only with the Spirit’s power that you can become more like Christ! Dwell on verses 20 and 21, “Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

Nathan Harley

 

[1] Chapman, David W. “Hebrews Notes.” In ESV Study Bible: English Standard Version, 2357-386. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2008.

About harleynd

I completed my second year at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana this year where I will earn my Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies and Biblical Studies in May 2015. This summer I am at home working at Grace Church in Wooster, Ohio as Spiritual Growth/Grace Groups Intern.
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