Worship and work
Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God. Hebrews 13:15-16 NLT
From the text, the writer of Hebrews links the concept of worship to the passage that precedes it. Hebrews 13:10 begins with these words “We have an altar.” The writer describes that in the Old Testament, the altar was used to offer sacrifices. The Lord Jesus Christ offered His body and blood to once and for all atone for our sin. “The death he died, he died to sin once for all” (Romans 6:10 NIV). Now that Christ has given Himself to be offered as the sacrifice for our sin, the altar now represents our response to His love. We offer to Him a “continual sacrifice of praise to God.” It is not just by offering songs of praise but a life that expresses joyful worship. It is constant for it is not dependent upon our circumstances. Our tendency at times is to offer worship only when circumstances are favorable to us, when things are working well in our lives. David learned how to be joyful and offer his worship no matter what circumstance he is dealing with. “I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises” (Psalm 34:1). And he did, his praise will be in his lips even in times of crisis for he finds God to be his fortress in times of difficulties. “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge…The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress” (Psalm 46:1-3, 11). A believer in Christ who is grateful for His goodness, mercy, and love will be committed to look for opportunities “to do good and to share with those in need.” Our true worship will result to doing good to others for our works “are the sacrifices that please God.” The grace of God that sustains us will keep on flowing through us for this is how God empowers us to live the life He gave us. This is how God helps us navigate our lives even in times of uncertainties. “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good…whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith” (Galatians 6:9-10).