Do You Want to Please God

Christians understand the hope of hearing, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.  Come, enter into the joy of the kingdom.”  Christians want to please the Lord, and the writer of Hebrews tells us exactly how that is done.  It is done ultimately through the blood of Christ, through his work as the great high priest.  After that atonement is applied to us, we apply its effects to the world through our actions. 

So, the writer of Hebrews tells us to love the church (v. 1).  He instructs us to be hospitable to outsiders, entertaining them as though they were messengers sent fom God (v. 2).  We are to remember Christians in prison (v. 3); we can do that by visiting .  We are to honor marriage and be pure in our marriages, v. 4.  We are to stay far away from lusting after money, v. 5, choosing rather to be content with the blessings we have. 

We are to remember Christian teachers who led us in the faith (v. 7); we are to imitate their faithfulness.  We are to obey our pastors and church leaders, v. 17. We are to do good things for others and give gifts to others, “for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”  There’s the word: pleased.  We can please God if we live this life of faith in Christ.

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  1. It’s interesting that the word, “sacrifices” is used. I don’t usually think of hospitality, honoring marriage, visiting prisoners, obeying leaders, and giving gifts as sacrifices. Hmm


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