F. F. Bruce: Praise and Property

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Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess His name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:15-16

“To the sacrifices of praise is added the sacrifice of kind and loving action… Here we have the proper ritual of Christianity… Christianity is sacrificial through and through; it is founded on the one self-offering of Christ and the offering of His people’s praise and property, of their service and their lives. It is caught up into the perfection of His acceptable sacrifice, and is accepted in Him.”

F. F. Bruce in The Epistle to the Hebrews, revised edition (NICNT; Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 1990) 384.

Praise and property. Our Lord loves it when we praise Him. He also celebrates when we back that with property. In challenging times, let’s praise God for sustaining us and combine that with kind and loving action.

Notice the text says “do not forget to do good and share” because the culture certainly won’t remind us of this. It says to hoard everything including toilet paper in crisis. But, when we live differently and do good and share, God is pleased.