Our scripture this morning is Hebrews 13:12-16.
Therefore, to sanctify the people by his own blood, Jesus also suffered outside the camp. We must go out to him, then, outside the camp, bearing the abuse he experienced. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, acknowledging his name. And do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.
Paul writes to the Hebrews spread across the world of his time, reminding them of the old process of animal and blood sacrifice, and that Jesus has given Himself as the final sacrifice for our salvation. We are all called to follow Him “outside the camp”, to leave our comfort zone in order to share His love with the world. This is the Great Commission from our Savior.
He tells us that the “sacrifice of praise” is important to our relationship with God. We must recognize our Creator and give thanks for all we have, including our own lives. We acknowledge that “the Lord is God! He made us and we belong to him; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture” (Psalm 100:3).
Paul encourages us to “not neglect to do good and to share what you have”, following the example Jesus gave us. This is the “love one another” commandment in action. He reminds us that “we seek the city that is to come”, the promise of eternal life for those who choose a life in Christ.
Gracious God, we are humbled to be called as part of Your plan for salvation. Help us to go to the world in Your name that all may know Your love. Amen.