Reading: Hebrews 13: 1-8 and 15-16
Throughout the New Testament we are reminded to love as Jesus loved and to be a servant to all. The examples abound and the expectations are clear. The idea that whenever we “do this for the least of these” (Matthew 25:40), we do for Jesus. We are called to do as Jesus would have done. Jesus loved all people where they were at and gave to each as they had need. There was never one that came to Jesus and was rebuffed or ignored. He treated all with love.
Verse 8 of today’s reading states, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever”. Who Jesus is does not change. He loves all people still. He will love all people forever. As Jesus’ agents of love, we are to continue to live out our lives as Jesus did, offering love and care to all. In doing so, people come to experience Jesus and His presence in their lives too. It is a blessing to them.
But perhaps it is a greater blessing to us. In following Jesus’example and living out our call to be Jesus’ light in our world, we are in His presence each and every time we offer His love to another. We are reminded that Jesus is in us each time we serve another. Each time we do so we too are touched by His love. It is a blessing to us. In the process we too are changed as we are increasingly transformed more and more into the image and likeness of Christ.
As we share Christ’s love and offer ourselves as living sacrifices for God’s glory, the world is impacted by love. So are we. Today may we be pleasing to the Lord our God in all we do and say. May the blessings ever flow!