Wednesday Word 5.29.2019

Hebrews 13:15-16. New International Version

15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

Praising God sounds like a simple, very affordable sacrifice, indeed. There is no monetary component to praise. You need not purchase a goat or a lamb or a dove in order to make a pleasing sacrifice. All you have to do is speak. Right? I don’t think Paul is suggesting that an occasional shout out to the Creator will suffice. What Paul is recommending is a way of living. There is a profound difference between worshiping once a week and maybe occasionally remembering Jesus at mealtime and the continual praising of the Lord.

What would that look like? Does our behavior glorify our Lord and Savior, or would we be ashamed if we turned around saw him standing there? Do we act like we love God and recognize all the blessings he has poured out for us, or do we whine about our day to day problems? Are we deluding ourselves into believing that we can navigate through this life all on our own? What if, instead, we went forward into the world, training ourselves to see the magnitude of God’s hand and acknowledging him for it? What would it be like to thank him for the little things: things like the breeze, like the sound of the birds in the morning, the commonplace things we experience every day? What if we gave him the credit for the big stuff? What if we praised him in the depths of our confusion or loss? What if we took ownership of how big God is and how small we are? What if we developed the habit of voicing our gratitude? If God is in the forefront of our thinking, then we will be compelled to act with kindness, generosity and mercy. That is how we are treated by our Creator. Then we can hope that our genuine acts of kindness and giving of ourselves will be pleasing to the One who is Love…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki