It’s a poor church that cares only for what happens to a soul after it leaves this life. — Alan Brennert, Moloka’i
If we were to take a DNA sample of the Church, what sort of building blocks would we find? Is there a common genetic code that should comprise all churches – no matter their denomination or affiliation? Hebrews 13 seems to answer this latter question with a resounding “Yes!”
So this week we’re creating a Top 10 list of what we, the Church, are all about. It continues…
#5. We, the Church, are grateful.
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise… (13:15)
Praise was a Levitical or priestly term meaning a thank offering – lips that openly profess His name and our gratitude. This praise happens “through Jesus,” by His power and initiative, as we surrender to Him.
#4. We, the Church, share our stuff.
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. (13:16)
One of the ways to live free from the love of money is by sharing what we have. This is common sense but hard to implement, right? Yet from the very first days of biblical community, if a person was in need, the church body came alongside and shared whatever was necessary. Even when it required sacrifice. We take care of our own.
#3. We follow our leaders.
“Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority…” Why? “Because they keep watch over you…” - (Hebrews 13:17)
Keeping watch conjures the image of a parent waiting up until their teen gets home. It’s having such deep care and compassion for your family that you lose sleep over them. That’s the sort of leadership the Church should seek – leaders who passionately love their people.
We’re cranking through our Top 10 list: We love people. We honor marriage. We reject consumerism. We stand confidently. We follow grace. We express our gratitude. We share. And we trust our leaders.
Two more are left in our Top 10.
Lord, thank You for this guide. As I read through it, Your Spirit is unlocking new ways for me to live in faith through You. I am struck by the “something next” You want to do through me, but also by what You’ve already done. Thank You for this divine way of living and loving. Amen.
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