Pay Attention

FROM THE PASTORS DESK
For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty. How will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? Hebrews 2:1-3
The other evening my Sweetie and I went for a walk through Golden Valley. Before we left, I threw a couple of cans of pop into the freezer so we could have a cold pop when we got back. Yes, you already guessed what happened. The next morning I opened the freezer to grab something for breakfast and immediately discovered that I neglected to take out the two, now exploded all over the inside of the freezer, cans of pop. My bride was kind enough to help her forgetful husband clean out the freezer before I had to go. She asked me if I would be willing to spill something in the fridge so I could help clean that out as well. 
Our above Scripture passage directs us to pay much closer attention to what we have heard. What was it that we heard? We have heard “God spoke…” as found in the first sentence of the opening letter to the Hebrews. God spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets and in these last days He has spoken to us in His dear Son. We have the words of Christ, often in red print, in our Holy Bibles written down for us to hear. Why should we pay attention? The writer of Hebrews warns us to pay attention so that we do not drift away from it. The less we hear of God’s Word the easier it is to drift away from Him.
This Scripture passage also tells us of the word spoken through the angels proved to be unalterable, firm or binding. When this firm Word of God is met with a refusal to hear (disobedience) then the end result is only a just punishment. Unbelief and disobedience in the written Word of God is not wise in any way, shape or form.
This Scripture passage directs us not to neglect so great a salvation. Neglecting is like forgetting about or remaining indifferent. Salvation has been made possible through the shed blood of Jesus on the cross, something every sinner desperately needs. There is no escape for any sinner who neglects this gift.
How do we make sure we don’t neglect so great a salvation? We obediently hear the precious Word of God and obediently receive the good news of Jesus. Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgement, but has passed out of death into life. (John 5:24)”
Pay attention,
Pastor Tom

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