Explore the Bible
November 30, 2014
minister to students
When a person becomes a Christian, salvation comes by grace through faith. His subsequent actions will show whether or not that faith is authentic. The lives of true believers will be marked by acts of submissive obedience to their Lord. In Hebrews 13, the author pushes his readers to give action to their faith.
He encourages these first-century readers to be faithful in several specific areas. During this time, believers would need hospitality as they traveled from place to place. Where better to find it than from fellow believers? Christians should be willing to show hospitality to those in need of it. These believers also faced persecution in the form of prison because of their faith. The author writes that Christians have a responsibility to care for their own. Caring for these fellow believers in prison meant publicly identifying with them, which would reveal the caregivers’ status as Christians and put them at risk of a prison sentence of their own. Christians should be willing to meet the physical needs of other believers, in spite of this risk. Certainly the family lives of believers should be honorable, wives respecting their husbands and husband loving their wives, both guarding the sacredness of the marriage bed. Believers should also be content in their circumstances, relying on the Lord to provide for their material needs.
The application for Christians today is fairly straightforward. In today’s times of selfishness, if there is a physical need that a believer is able to meet, he should meet it, even though the cost may be uncomfortable to bear. In today’s times of loose sexual morals, believers should resist the temptation to fall into sexual sin and should instead model obedience. In today’s times of greed, believers should use their resources to the glory of the Lord, being content with their blessings, while resisting the siren song of material wealth. Lastly, believers should put their faith into action in all areas of life, imitating the example of mature saints who have modeled a lifetime of obedience to the Lord.