Victory Vitamin Blog – Hebrews 13:16

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”

-Hebrews 13:16 NIV

Most of us were taught to share when we were children.  I remember having a rule in one of my grade-school classrooms stating that if you didn’t bring enough for everyone you couldn’t bring it at all.  (Sounds like socialism to me)  But there’s a difference between grade school forced sharing and our sharing as adult Christians.  Our sharing should not be forced, it should done freely.  God has given many of us more than we desire, or deserve.  Most importantly, through the death and resurrection of Jesus, God has given us a precious possession that lasts beyond the grave.  Imagine what a blessing we can be by sharing what God has given to us with those who have less?  How do we do that?  There are plenty of worthy organizations looking for your time and resources to help those in need.  Give.  James writes, James 2:14–17 NIV  “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?  Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”  God has given the life of His Son Jesus to ensure our eternal happiness.  Motivated by that gift, we now share our material blessings with others for the good of their bodies and we share the message of Christ with them for the salvation of their souls.  Sharing really is caring!

Sunday Sneak Peek for September 1, 2019 – Hebrews 13:16

There is a long list of attitudes and actions that characterize the Christian life.  Generosity and sharing are among them.  As children we’re told to share with others but how does that translate into our daily lives as adults?  As God has been generous toward us, so we share with others.

Find out more this Sunday, September 1 at 9am Worship!

Victory Vitamin Blog – Hebrews 12:6

“the Lord disciplines those he loves,”

Hebrews 12:6 NIV

Well, isn’t that encouraging?  If my parents had told me “We only discipline you because we love you.” I probably would have replied, “Well then, love me a little less.”  But as an “adult” I really do see the value in discipline.  Discipline is really little more than training.  We all need to be trained.  By nature we are sinners and are overflowing with destructive  behaviors.  I see (now) why my parents disciplined me.  It wasn’t so much punishment for past actions as it was training for future actions.  In hindsight I respect and value my parents actions.  I certainly owe the same respect to the actions of my heavenly Father.  You and I could write volumes about the physical and emotional trauma and pain we’ve endured thus far in this life.  But what of it?  Hebrews 12 says, “endure hardship as discipline,”.  Our natural reaction may be to lash out at God and accuse Him of some kind of wrongdoing.  But hold the phones, even Jesus, God’s only Son suffered.  He didn’t enjoy it either.  We’re told He “endured the cross, scorning its shame.” -Hebrews 12:2  He endured it realizing there was a purpose for it.  The purpose was our salvation.  Likewise God has our good in mind.  It won’t be pleasant at the time, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” -Hebrews 12:11 NIV  God has shown His intentions toward us in Christ.  We can trust Him.  Endure hardship as discipline.  God is treating you like His child.  That’s a good thing.