2 We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. 4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
There is an emphasis in verse1 (NIV) as to the importance of the statement. The use of the word “therefore” draws a stronger attention to the statement. It highlights the importance of the need to act and be aware that the reader needs to pay more careful attention to what has been heard, so that one does not drift away.
More careful attention to whom? To Christ, for how much more important are His words to obey, than even those of angels (V2)
Remember, these words are written to warn Christians, and not the unsaved, so that the Christians do not drift away. This is a strong message from the writer.
I ponder the phrase “drift away”. A boat will drift away should it not be anchored or moored to a strong and stable holding point. Without Christ as our anchor, we too are vulnerable to drifting away into a turbulent sea, being tossed around, and possibly swamped, thus sinking to the bottom. Not a pleasant thought!
And like any good sailor, an important task is that the mooring needs to be checked regularly, to ensure the vessel is well connected, and has not shifted or dislodged. We too, need to continually check and build on our connection with the true foundation and Saviour, Jesus Christ. I am therefore challenged .
Am I in daily connection with Him?
When the wind blows hard, do I check the ropes of life connected to Him ?
When the sea is calm and the breeze is soft and refreshing, do I neglect Him because all seems well?
Therefore, pay careful attention to His words, that one does not drift away.
Thank you Lord that you are the great Anchor of my life and salvation. I so desire to be firmly tied to You every day, for You are my every need. Amen
Written by Steve Fell