The Sacrifice of Praise (Hebrews 13:15)

Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.

The Hebrew author has just extolled the value and virtue of Jesus, particularly regarding his redeeming work on the Cross. Because of what Christ has done for us our response is to offer to unceasing and sacrificial praise to him. In this way, we are proclaiming our undying fealty to him.

It bewilders me that the author here describes praise as being sacrificial in nature. Shouldn’t we enthusiastically praise Jesus all the time for the amazing things he has done for us? Shouldn’t praise be as natural to us as breathing?

Sure, ideally. However, the praise of the “forever-worthy” Christ is sacrificial in nature because we must eliminate, or suspend, something else in order to do this grand act of worship.  Biblically nuanced, worship generally, and praise specifically, is always considered as a valuable gift we give to God. And the greatest give we can possibly give is to render our full selves unto to God in deep admiration and adoration.

So how can we practically fulfill the command to offer “continual sacrifice of praise to God, through Jesus” especially in a culture where both Christians and non-Christians increasingly treat Sunday’s (The Lord’s Day) as the second Saturday of the week, i.e., an extra day of recreation to “do what I want to do?”

Answer: We whole-heartedly proclaim our steadfast allegiance to his name by making congregational worship the heartbeat and highlight of our week. And we do so, unflinchingly and faithfully!

See you this Sunday.

Agape,

Pj

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