Pay Attention or Drift Away
Day: 2 | Plan: Leviticus-Hebrews
Today's Reading: Hebrews 2
Hebrews 2:1 (NIV)“We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.”
These two words have rolled off my tongue more times than I’d like to admit.
Even in those awkward moments when my family is in church and someone inevitably drifts off into la-la land … right in the middle of the sermon. Yikes!
A quick poke in the side of my loved one’s rib cage, along with an unpopular glare and a few whispered words, always gets their attention.
I’ll be honest … in those awkward moments I can be a little stern and one-sided: How can they lose focus so quickly? Don’t they realize the importance of the message?
In Hebrews 2, the writer gives a stern warning to his audience, telling them to pay attention to the message they’ve heard. Careful attention—so they do not drift away.
Why? Because this message is extremely important. So important that God Himself delivered it through angels, prophets and even His own Son, Jesus, and confirmed it through signs, wonders, miracles and the distributed gifts of the Holy Spirit. (Hebrews 2:4)
This message is the Gospel of Salvation. (Hebrews 1:1-2)
It confirms that we are the object of God’s love and when sin made it impossible for us to draw near to Him, God did something extravagantly generous.
He extended mercy, paid all our debts, lavished us with grace and saved us from an eternal death sentence. In fact, the name Jesus literally means Yahweh is Salvation.
These truths are life changing! But if we’re not intentional, we can drift away from the significance and urgency of sharing this salvation message with others.
Living in a world that’s painted with shades of gray can shift our focus away from God’s principals. Instead of taking a stand for Jesus, we can be tempted to step over the line of faith, into the murky, lukewarm waters of complacency.
We become more concerned about hurting someone’s feelings rather than speaking the truth in love. So we say nothing—even though God is nudging us to speak on His behalf.
We act in a way that’s acceptable to the world, knowing full well our choices are breaking God’s heart in the process.
All too often, we shuffle through Scripture looking for passages with a me-focused goal, instead of a God-focused perspective.
These subtle shifts in attitude and actions can keep us from experiencing the fullness of God and sabotage our witness to a world that’s aching for a Savior.
Friend, there’s much at stake and we can’t be lukewarm when it comes to our relationship with the Lord and the importance of sharing His message. (Revelation 3:15-16)
Today, let’s determine to hold each other accountable and pay close attention to the instructions in God’s Word. Let’s stand firm in the salvation of His promises and refuse to let this world drift us into the subtle waves of complacency.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, forgive me for drifting away at times and not paying close attention to Your life-giving message of salvation. Give me a hunger and thirst for Your Word that no one and nothing can satisfy. Help me to confidently share the love of Jesus with every person I encounter today. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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