Our scripture this morning is Hebrews 13:14-16.

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.

This passage opens with the reminder that the world “is not our permanent home”. Jesus promised that His Father’s house has “more than enough room” and He was going to prepare a place for us (John 14:2). However, while we are here, we have work to do.

We give our praise and obedience to God to show our love for Him. We do good and share with those in need to show His love to others. This is the New Covenant way of offering “sacrifices that please God.”

Under the old system one had to be “ritually clean” to offer a sacrifice. Jesus washed us clean forever, doing away with the old rules. Through His sacrifice for us we can come to God continually, and go in His name to spread the Good News.

Loving Lord, in Your mercy You sent Your son to be the final and eternal sacrifice for our sin. Bless us to be a new creation, saved by Your love and ready to do the kingdom work we have been given. Amen.

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