Pay Attention and Don’t Drift Away

In all our hand-wringing over the demise of (insert here alternately “liberal” or “conservative”) Christianity, what should be remembered is that while we’re busy yelling at each other, we might be forgetting to listen. 

This is why it’s necessary for us to pay more attention to what we have heard, or else we may drift away from it. If the message that was spoken by angels was reliable, and every offense and act of disobedience received an appropriate consequence, how will we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? It was first announced through the Lord, and then it was confirmed by those who heard him. God also vouched for their message with signs, amazing things, various miracles, and gifts from the Holy Spirit, which were handed out the way he wanted. (Heb. 2:1-4, CEB)

Friends, the enemy is not us. The enemy is laughing at us.

It is time to renew our love and zeal for the One we need to hear once again.

2 thoughts on “Pay Attention and Don’t Drift Away

  1. It is so vitally important to be aware of the whole story of our faith. God’s Word is both Old and New Testament. We may “drift” away or we may simply “harden” our hearts towards Him. How important to remember the Exodus story. We are not all that much unlike those that wandered in the desert. We see God do amazing things, but our attention span is so short and we are so self absorbed, we forget and complain. Life is difficult and all sorts of circumstances come at us, tempting us to drift or harden. Jesus knows and identifies with that. The author of this book knows how attractive and deceiving sin can be. We have a personal responsibility to be on guard, develop good practices and to know God’s Word. As a faith community, we also need to recognize our call to encourage one another…daily as the author says. Too often we fall into the rutt of weekly worship, weekly scripture reading, and weekly fellowship. We need to be with him and engage other believers on a daily basis. Sin is too deceiving to let our guards down for even a day.

    I think I will camp out on the word “encourage” as well. What does encouragement look like? Who offers it? How does encouragement keep us from a sinful and unbelieving heart that eventually turns away from God?

    I like that song by Casting Crowns…”Slow Fade.” I find that song encouraging as it reminds me that it is often those little deceitful things that begin the hardening. How do we respond to the “encouragement” of others…are we open and thankful for that in our lives, or do we respond with a resentful hardened heart?

    I want the REST of the LORD. Bring on the encouragement…PLEASE!

    Hebrews 3:7-19

  2. excellent post, Nick. when i was reading that, the phrase ‘lost the plot’ came to me. We must not forget the plot. the storyline. What being a believer in the LORD in this life we were given is all about. And a song comes to me also. From Newsboys…. LOST THE PLOT. perhaps we aren’t far from being like the people in Exodus at all.

    Headaches and bad faith
    Are all that I’ve got.
    First I misplaced the ending
    Then I lost the plot.

    Once we could follow,
    Now we cannot.
    You would not fit our image,
    So we lost the plot.

    Once we could hear you,
    Now our senses are shot.
    We’ve forgotten our first love.
    We have lost the plot.

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