Wednesday May 11, 2022

Wednesday – May 11th – Hebrews 13:17     -----     
 
13:17) Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
 
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
     MAN PROPOSES, GOD DISPOSES.*

     Welcome to another wonderful Wednesday. Today is our traditional mid-week spiritual check in. Seems only appropriate, in reference to our current 3:16 Disciple series, that the question of the day is focused on spending time in scripture. If you participated in worship this past weekend, then maybe the bigger question is if you have taken the time to look up your “birthday scriptures”. If you haven’t had the opportunity to view last week’s service, then I will bring you up to speed – birthday scriptures are those passages in the Bible that correspond with the month and date of your birth. For example, my birthday scriptures are all the 10:19’s in the Bible, based off my birth date of October 19th. Once you check out your special scriptures let us know which is your favorite. I discovered that Proverbs 10:19 is filled with great wisdom for me, followed closely by Matthew 10:19 and Hebrews 10:19.
 
    Our pick verse today is a continuation of the author’s instructions on how we called to live a disciplined and exemplary life as a follower of Jesus. While our current culture reacts to the preconceived ideas around words/phrases like “submissive” and “rule over”, the studious biblical scholar takes a necessary step back to discover the original meaning and/or the spiritual needs of the original audience. The key to this verse is the part wherein those in positions of leadership must always be thinking about the health and welfare of the souls they are called to lead. Secondly, these leaders will be held accountable for their leadership and for what they teach. Certainly, the many examples of leaders selfishly ruling over people will affect the opinion we hold and the reaction we have on our being submissive and being ruled over. But God desires from both leaders and followers a two-way harmony in Christian fellowship and within church families. Faith-filled pastors, leaders, and teachers, in the 1st century and in current Christianity, share in Christ’s compassion for all who are under their care. When all believers seek to possess the mind/attitude that was in Christ Jesus, then there is a mutual joy as kingdom work is accomplished together.

Blessings
   Pastor Jim
Thursday – May 11th – Hebrews 13:18-19

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Location 25541). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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