The Danger of Drifting Spiritually, Part 3

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28Feb  Tuesday we began to look at Hebrews 2:1-4, where the writer is warning his readers about the danger of drifting spiritually.  In Tuesday’s blog we looked at verses 1-2 and saw the first of three motivating truths that we should stand on that will help us not drift away spiritually:

The salvation Christ offers is indescribably great.

Yesterday we looked at the second great motivating truth in verses 3-4 that will keep us from drifting away:

 Because God’s salvation is so great,

The consequences of neglecting it are terrible.

Let’s look again at what the Bible says in Hebrews 2:1-4, “Therefore, we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.  For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?”

Today we will look at the third motivating truth that will keep us from drifting spiritually:

  1. In spite of the greatness of God’s salvation, we all are in danger of drifting away from it.

The author uses “we” to include himself as the ones who are vulnerable.  The immediate cause of their drifting was that they were facing trials and the threat of persecution.  Whenever we are in those situations, we need to be on guard.  We are then most in danger of drifting.  But even at other times, drifting is easy because all it requires is neglect.

The cause of drifting is neglect.

Usually drifting is inadvertent.  If you’ve ever steered a boat, you know that if you do not deliberately keep it on course, you will drift with the currents.  The stronger the current, the more you have to give constant attention to keep the boat on course.

Since we live in the strong current of this evil world,

We all are prone to drift with the culture.

It does not take active rebellion or defiance against God to go to hell.  Simple neglect of salvation while you attend to other things will do the trick nicely.  The importance of the charge to “take more earnest heed” in Hebrews 2:1 is seen in Jesus’ parable of the king’s invitation to the wedding feast in Matthew 22:5, “But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business.”   Here we see that those who were given the invitation did not pay the necessary attention to it, ignored it, and continue with their normal activities.

There’s nothing inherently sinful about farms and businesses – unless they cause you to neglect the king’s invitation!  Someone put it this way: “What must I do to be lost? Nothing!”  Just drift through life, paying attention to other things.

The antidote to drifting is paying attention.

We see this in verse 1 of Hebrews chapter 2, where the Bible says, “Take more earnest heed to the things we have heard.”  What does this say to us?

If you attend a church where God’s great salvation

Is proclaimed from week to week,

Pay attention to the message!

Don’t tune it out and think about what you’re going to do with your week or wish that the pastor would be more interesting and entertaining.  If he is a Bible teaching, Gospel preaching servant of God, what he is proclaiming is significant and should be of interest to us.

Oh, how we need to pay attention to the truths of this great salvation!

So … what are these verses wanting us to do?  Start with the basics:

  • Are you giving deliberate effort to seeking God and His salvation?
  • How much attention have you given to understand the gospel?
  • Do you pore over Scripture as you would read a will if you thought a rich relative had left you an inheritance?
  • Do you listen to God’s Word being preached with a deep hunger and thirst to receiving His truth?
  • Do you read and study God’s Word as His treasure entrusted to your soul?
  • Is spending time alone with God in His Word and prayer a priority in your schedule?
  • How much effort do you put into learning about this great salvation and seeking to live by it?
  • Do you set some spiritual goals to help you grow in your faith?
  • Do you look for solid books to read that will help you know God and His plan better?
  • Do you listen to sermons from godly men that help you become more godly?
  • Do you cut out of your life anything that would divert you from such a great salvation?

It’s wonderful to fall in love and get married.  I highly recommend the experience!  But marriage is a relationship and relationships take time and effort to maintain.  I don’t care how deeply you were in love when you got married, if you neglect your marriage and devote your attention to other things, your marriage will fail.

Marriage is a wonderful gift from God

And is worth the time and effort it takes

To maintain and deepen that relationship.

But salvation is a far greater gift than marriage,

Because it has to do with our eternal destiny!

Don’t let it drift!  Don’t neglect it!

Don’t get distracted with other things, even with good things!  Because our salvation is so great, we must pay closer attention to it, so that we don’t drift away from it.

You are either drifting

With regard to your salvation

Because of neglect,

Or

You are growing

Because of

Deliberate effort and attention.

Which is it for you?

This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey

Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!

Pastor Terry

Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

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