Because the Penalties for Neglecting Jesus Are Too Severe (Hebrews 2:1–4) Pay Much Closer Attention: Ignoring Jesus has horrible consequences.
Hebrews 2:1; 3:12 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 2 For this reason we must pay much closer attention to the things that have been heard, so that we do not drift away from it. 12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, in falling away from the living God.
WHAT is easier than slipping, or letting things slip? We need not do anything to slip. On the edge of a stair, on an icy path, on a fruit-skin that has been carelessly thrown upon the pavement, on the polished floor of a room in which we spend half our time, we may slip and become cripples for life, if we live to be cripples. Or if it is not we that slip, a bit of food slipping may strangle us; a sharp knife slipping may cut an artery; a valued possession slipping may be lost to us; a priceless opportunity for doing or getting good may pass away beyond recovery. What one of the great movements of our life is in itself less noticeable than drifting?
The truths of God’s Word will not benefit us unless we give heed to them. It will not save us that the Lord Jesus has come and spoken to people unless we are disposed to listen. It will not benefit us that the sun shines unless we open our eyes. Books will not help us unless we read them; medicine, unless we take it; nor will the fruits of the earth sustain our lives, however rich and abundant they may be, if we disregard and neglect them. So with the truths of God’s Word. There is truth enough to save the world - but the world ignores and despises it. Many Christians barely study it.
Hebrews 12:3 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 3 For consider the one who endured such hostility by sinners against himself, so that you will not grow weary in your souls and give up. As we reflect on our own hardships, we need to assess carefully the endurance of Jesus. He endured hostility from sinners that reached... Continue Reading →