“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” “We always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ…comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.” Hebrews 13:20-21; 2 Thessalonians 1:11;2:16,17
Benedictions are given at the end of religious services, a final blessing as a culmination of all that has transpired during the service. Here, Paul gives these cogent benedictions at the close of his substantive teachings, so they are to be received and applied in light of what has come before. We are called to do good works, but we are called to do them “now,” now that we know all Christ has done for us, that the best work has already been done by Him– He is our High Priest, the One Whose word has penetrated our lives in power and conviction, the One Who has saved us and presently enables us to live by faith and in strength and purpose. We know the desire and fuel for this good comes not from ourselves, but by the Holy Spirit of God, our mysterious sanctifying Co-worker, Who “works in us, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” Nothing we are called to do is impossible, because He Who calls is He Who enables, He Who begins a good work is He Who completes it. Amen! (Philippians 2:13;1:6; 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5;2:13;5:24)
How well am I cooperating with Him? How actively am I taking in what He has accomplished for me and what I am called to do in response? Are His truths only that- doctrines I believe, but never put into practical action?
Oh Lord, You have done and still do all the work, yet You beckon me to roll up my sleeves and get into Your flow. Keep me clinging to all that has gone before, and live as a benediction to others, that Your name be blessed forever.