Two surprises leap at me from Hebrews 13:16, one marvelously comforting and the other shocking and disturbing.

The first is the layered excuse – deliberate omission – that people were making. They kept skipping their roles as do-gooders and sharers. They covered this up with “I forgot”.
The second is that they/we are not allowed to keep this practice of not doing the sacrificial things, the priestly service.

To these two shortcomings Paul offered:

  • you must not keep forgetting to do well and share your gifts
  • doing good and sharing are God-pleasing (living) sacrifices

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Living sacrifices from a living priesthood.

Get on with doing good and sharing

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