Seeing Is Believing , Hebrews 13:1-8

James and Lucy were just married. They did not have their own place , but were renting half of a house. They did not have a lot, but were thrilled with the carpet and furnishings by their friends.

One day they came home to find the longue flooded. Water was pouring through the ceiling where the people upstairs had left a tap on. The  new carpet was ruined and they just stood in despair. A Christian friend chose that moment to call round and see how they were doing. He took one look at the situation and said , “ Get your coats , we are going out for a meal!”

“ We cannot leave this mess!” they both wailed. But he insisted, and took them to a good restaurant and they gradually relaxed in his company. By the time he paid the bill, they were filling much better.

He turned to them and said ,  “OK , let’s go and tackle the problem!”

Between the three of them , they dragged the carpet onto the lawn outside and dried it out.

Afterwards, James said to Lucy , “ I think we have just seen a sermon in action !”

Hebrews 13: 1-8 reminds us to care for each other in many different ways.

Bible Text
Hebrews 13:1-8

1NIV:Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.
2NIV:Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
3NIV:Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
4NIV:Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
5NIV:Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
6NIV:So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
7NIV:Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
8NIV:Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Questions to Consider
  • How did the Christian friend’s attitude compare with the passage?
  • Which of these teachings apply to your own life?

Motion Points
  • Phoning someone who has done something for you lately to let them know you appreciate what they have done
  • Doing something in need , such as gardening, or running an errand.

Further reading
  • Matthew 6:1-4
  • Acts 4:32-35
  • Luke 7:1-10

Hymn for Today