2 So we must pay more careful attention to what we have heard. Then we will not drift away from it. 2 Even the message God spoke through angels had to be obeyed. Every time people broke the Law, they were punished. Every time they didn’t obey, they were punished. 3 Then how will we escape if we don’t pay attention to God’s great salvation?
The Lord first announced that salvation. Those who heard him gave us the message about it. 4 God gave witness to it through signs and wonders. He gave witness through different kinds of miracles. He also gave witness through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He gave them out as it pleased him.
Drift away. These are the words that caught my attention here at the very beginning of the book of Hebrews.
“We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away”. Drifting is subtle – sometimes almost imperceptible if you are not paying attention. Drifting in a boat can seem pleasant at first, until you realise that you have drifted a long way from the shore and it’s going to be really hard work to get back to where you should be.
Like the analogy of a boat in a drift, we need to regularly be reminded that we live in a world that constantly pulls us away from the ways of God. If I am caught unaware and do nothing about it, I will drift away. I will start to think like, and live like the world’s ways.
Regular Bible reading and prayer, being part of a church Connect group and worshipping at church every Sunday – these are the disciplines that I know will help me stay connected to God and avoid the drift. I don’t always feel like doing these things, but I am warned by the writer of Hebrews that I must pay the most careful attention to these things if I’m to avoid the drift.
There but for the grace of God go I.
Written by Shelley Witt