Saturday, May 4, 2024

Hebrews 13:16

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

Scripture Insights

Today’s scripture reminds us to do good and to share with others. This admonition comes immediately after encouraging the reader to continually offer to God sacrifices of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.
Which is more important? Praise or service? Worship or works? By connecting these, the writer is showing us how they are essentially two sides of the same coin. Sincere praise is best followed up with service and generosity to others. Works of service reveal the truth of our professions of faith. Both are important.
We receive in worship so we can give in service. We are encouraged to offer sacrifices of praise and worship as well as sacrifices of good works and generosity.
With such sacrifices, Hebrews declares, God is pleased! This is good news. Worship matters. Church matters. Works of service matter as well, and they flow naturally from our worship. One is incomplete without the other.
Through Jesus, and in the name of Jesus, we are called to offer sacrifices of praise as a worshiping community alongside intentional good works of service and generosity to our larger community. We are blessed to be a blessing.

Today’s Prayer

Jesus, thank you for inviting us to be part of your family. We love to worship you. Thank you for inviting us to join you in the community to share your love with others. Bless our communities through us.

—Mark Lindstrom
CotN District Superintendent, North Arkansas

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