Scripture:   Hebrews (NIV) 13:14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 
16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. 

Observation:    In these verses we are given three sacrifices that please God.  First is the sacrifice of praise, using our mouth to speak our praise.  It is not the fruit of our circumstances, but the fruit of our lips.  It makes no difference what our environment or how we are being treated.  Our lips are to praise His name.  Second is the sacrifice of doing good.  Doing good is not always convenient or even pleasant, but it is a sacrifice that pleases God.  Third is the sacrifice of sharing what we have with others.  It is not sharing out of our abundance, but out of our lack.  It prefers others in the administration of our possessions.     

Application:    A sacrifice is when my will wants to do one thing and God’s will is that I do something else.  Our wills cross.  It is the essence of the cross.  Whose will is done is an expression of who is really Lord of Leon’s life.   How I talk, how I act, and how I treat others should express my faith and His presence.  People should hear my appreciation in my words; they should see my loyalty to God in my actions, and experience God’s love in how I treat others. 

Prayer:   Lord, like you prayed in the garden just before being crucified, may I too pray, “Not my will but thine be done.”  I want that my life is pleasing to you.    Amen 

Pastor Leon
Making friends for time and eternity!