May 21, 2022
17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.
19 But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.
20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
22 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words.
23 Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.
24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.
25 Grace be with you all. Amen. (Written to the Hebrews from Italy, by Timothy.)
Verses 20 and 21. Jesus makes us perfect in every good work that fulfills His will. We tend to think of ‘big’ things – volunteering at a hospital or hospice, working for a charity organization, participating in food drives. All those things are wonderfully commendable but perhaps not for everyone. So what good works can we do if we have limitations?
Perhaps volunteer at church to be a substitute Sunday school teacher. Maybe assist in creating the weekly Sunday bulletin. Is there a project in or around the church that needs tending? Organize a plan for the work and let the congregation know that on such and such a date they can join you in the project. You’re thinking to yourself, “I’ve never done that sort of thing!” But consider this: “Jesus makes us perfect in every good work to do His will.” You’ll be surprised how quickly folks will come alongside you to do what needs to be done.
Have you ever noticed that it’s always the same people who get things done in and around the church? Become one of those people, broaden the ‘get it done’ base. There’s a great deal of joy in doing these things. You could use some joy in your life, yes? Well … there you go!
2 thoughts on “Hebrews 13: 17 – 25”
How apposite. Only today, Fr. Julian is encouraging everyone, especially the ‘shy’ members of the congregation to help out with the various committees set up to assist in the day to day running of Holy Trinity. I have done my bit and stepped up to the plate and volunteered my services in a couple of small ways. You gotta love a rota!
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Good for you!!! I would have expected nothing less!