Since we only have one chapter this morning as we close out Hebrews, I recommend reading it through twice. There’s a lot packed in and it seems like a daunting to-do list at first. But look at this first sentence:
“Continue to love each other with true Christian love.” True, godly love produces all these tangible actions. It’s not a religious check list. The more we become like Christ, the more easily we start to bend our lifestyles towards the gospel. As our hearts become softened, God pulls us towards certain things. I cannot imagine serving in a refugee camp like Bethany is right now. As her trip winds down, Bethany cannot imagine coming home. Several families I know have a revolving door of foster kids in their home and I say how? I admire the team of men determined to take down sex-trafficking in my city, and who work hard to do so. Yes, we are all called to fight against injustice, defend the orphaned and have mercy on the marginalized. But sometimes I’m still just trying to learn to love people well, or “be content with what I have” (13:5), let alone take on a prison ministry. God beautifully orchestrates his work in different ways and calls different people to different things. And there are opportunities evvvvverywhere.
But it all starts with love. My Bible commentary asked me: “Does your relationship with God run deep enough to affect your hospitality, empathy, fidelity and contentment?”
What specific avenue has God called you to? What breaks your heart or stirs you up? Dust off that soap box. Start praying for ways to act on it. You’ll be amazed at how quickly God paves wide, open highways to take you to places he wants you to go.
Spend time this morning in prayer. Is there something you’re passionate about? What would be your ideal way to serve in that area? Ask for it!
We are excited to be starting the book of Psalms tomorrow!