Our scripture this morning is Hebrews‬ ‭13:14-21.

For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God. Obey your spiritual leaders and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit. Pray for us, for our conscience is clear and we want to live honorably in everything we do. And especially pray that I will be able to come back to you soon. Now may the God of peace— who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood— may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.

Paul closes this letter with words of comfort and instruction. He reminds us that “this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come” (v.14). While we are called to do our best here, following the teachings of Jesus, we know that there is a better world and eternal life waiting for the faithful.

He encourages us to “share with those in need” (v.16), as necessary today as it was then. How do we know who is in need? By getting out in the world and engaging with our brothers and sisters. Jesus didn’t say sit around and wait for someone to ask you about the kingdom of God, He told us in no uncertain terms to go and make disciples of all the world.‭‭

Jesus calls us individually and collectively. As individuals we must use the gifts we have been given to reach out to everyone. As His church, we are called to act together for the good of the world. Let us be aware of our calling and the difference we can make, sharing the Good News at every opportunity.

Gracious God, thank You for sending Your son to save and teach us. Thank You for spiritual leaders who shepherd Your people. Bless us to go in Your name, offering Your love and redemption to all. Amen.

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