July 24, 2018
Hebrews 2:1-… Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we heard, lest we drift away from it. For because the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared first by our lord, and it was attested to by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed by his will.
“Lest we drift away from it…” Apparently, we can unintentionally lose our passion for God. When one drifts away, he is not going purposefully in a different direction. He is drifting away. Drifting can be caused by a steady wind at one’s side or a slope in the ground or ?. In the case sited above, it is caused by not paying attention closely enough. Have you ever played in the ocean and found that you have drifted from where you started? I have. And i didn’t do it on purpose. It was caused by wind affecting the waves or the undertow pulling me. The way for me to avoid it was to keep my focus on a point on shore and returning to it.
In the Spirit world, never take your eyes off of Jesus. The last time I was in Disneyland, I rode an old man’s scooter so that I could keep up. I didn’t take it from an old man; I rented it. Anyway, our daughter Gretchen was with us and she is tall. I kept track of where she was at all times, because even though I was being swept along by the crowd of people, as long as I could see her, I was able to keep moving in the right direction. If I lost sight of her, I was controlled by the push and pull of the crowd.
When you follow Jesus, make sure you can see Him. The crowd might deceive you or, as in the case of the blind man beside the road, the crowd may lie to you. Crowds are like that. Sometimes, the last ones are asking, “Why are we here? What’s the big deal?” That is a danger in crowds; we might be just following the butt in front of us. Jesus was very specific, “Come unto me” and “Follow me.” Some religions have established a pecking order. They set people up as “professionals”. We, supposedly, need to go through them. NOT!