Some of the concluding words in Hebrews should be printed on a refrigerator magnet, so we can frequently bring them to mind.
(1) Imitate exemplary leaders.
I hope you are like me and have several spiritual heroes. From saints in the Bible to the present day, men and women have lived lives worthy of imitation.
The Letter to the Hebrews reminds us to listen to their teaching and follow their example.
Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith (Hebrews 13.7).
(2) Jesus never changes and never fails.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13.8).
Healing, salvation, and deliverance were key elements of Jesus’ ministry. We should expect Jesus, through the work of the Holy Spirit, to continue this work today.
Jesus gave an awesome promise to his followers.
“Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.
“I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14.12-13).
This promise is true because Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever.
(3) Keep the “main thing” the main thing.
Every age has someone who supposedly has the answer that every “true” believer needs to know. YouTube and other media are filled with current examples.
What humans need is not more information, but faithful obedience. If we focus on obedience to Jesus’ message, we won’t waste our time with “strange teaching.”
Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace (Hebrews 13.9).
(4) Do what is necessary to meet with Jesus.
A military sentry is removed from the noise of the camp so they can alert the troops to the enemy’s presence.
Like a sentry, we meet with Jesus outside of the noise of our world, so we can align our lives with his purposes.
Therefore Jesus also suffered outside the city gate in order to sanctify the people by his own blood.
Let us then go to him outside the camp and bear the abuse he endured (Hebrews 13.12-13).
We need to consider what needs to take place in our lives, so we can meet with Jesus “outside the camp.”
(5) Make praise a priority.
You may be like me and do a pretty good job of asking God for what we need. You may also be like me and fail at giving God the praise he is due.
Hebrews reminds us to frequently give God the glory.
Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name (Hebrews 13.15).
My guess is that these five Bible passages are not on a magnet affixed to our refrigerators. Wherever they are, they need to be in our hearts where they will affect our behavior.
Rudy Ross and I talk about Hebrews on YouTube. You can see the video on the Bob Spradling channel.
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