Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.
— Hebrews 13:8-9 ESV

In this part of Hebrews the author writes to encourage us in the consistency of Jesus. Most things of this world are temporary or ever changing, but Jesus isn't. This doesn't make the Gospel outdated but rather makes us able to build our lives upon something stable and firm; a grace that is unending.

These verses warn us about popular teachings that don't align with Jesus and how quick we are to believe them. It's popular to believe the lie of apathy and annoyance towards others is "cool" or "funny". We see it over and over again in humor, media, and everyday conversations. How often are we "over people", how often are we "done" when it comes to situations that require us to be patient?

This verse challenges us to respond in consistent grace not temporary pop culture sarcasm. The Kingdom is built when we speak grace over one another, when we choose unkind jokes or words we are halting it.

a call to action

Jesus is consistent in all things. His love is the same. His kindness is the same. God doesn't become an unkind Father when we mess up, we are told in the Bible that He does the opposite. He is the Father who greets us with open arms and celebrates us. Why would we not do this for others? We are called to devote ourselves to grace. We need our hearts to be strengthened.

pray

Jesus thank you that you are the same yesterday and today and forever. Thank you that you extend grace to me every time. Thank you for a grace that strengthens me. Show me where I can give it away to others.

- Morgan Reed