S (Scripture): Hebrews 13:1 Keep loving each other like family. 2 Don’t neglect to open up your homes to guests, because by doing this some have been hosts to angels without knowing it. 3 Remember prisoners as if you were in prison with them, and people who are mistreated as if you were in their place. 4 Marriage must be honored in every respect, with no cheating on the relationship, because God will judge the sexually immoral person and the person who commits adultery. 5 Your way of life should be free from the love of money, and you should be content with what you have. After all, he has said, I will never leave you or abandon you. 6 This is why we can confidently say,
The Lord is my helper,
and I won’t be afraid.
What can people do to me?
O (Observation): The people of God give encouragement to those who believe. Living as if grace matters is key to the exhortation of God’s people this day. The word of grace comes at the end of this snippet. Jesus will never abandon you. As a result, all who believe know that Jesus will never abandon them. You can take my car, my stuff, my people, but what can you do to me? Nothing. For with God, we are never alone.
A (Application): We have so much to which we prostitute ourselves. (Hat tip to Ezekiel 16 for that imagery, btw.)
How easily we forget that God is with us.
Tomorrow, my son has surgery to repair his torn labrum in his shoulder after dislocating it a few weeks ago. He is in fair health and very athletic. Just a freak accident during football practice.
Now, we await surgery tomorrow. I’ll be sitting on the other side of the great divide. I will be receiving care from others via prayers, acknowledgments, and visits from family. (Actually, Dylan will be receiving these, but some will feel for us as parents : )
We will be hanging with Jesus in a sense, as the prayers and visits during surgery and / or in the days following come to us. We will receive hope in the one who shows us that we are already in relationship with God and the Spirit.
World, what can you do to us? Well, a lot, yes. But really. What can you do to us? By faith, we have Jesus as our exemplar and our hope.
We need nothing else.
P (Prayer): Lord, we thank you for showing us the way and for reminding us that we are enough, because of you. Amen.