1 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?
The opposite of paying close attention is to neglect. When we neglect the fundamental truths of our Christian walk, then we begin to drift away. In the first chapter of Hebrews the writer talks to us about the superiority of Christ to the angels and how in this last days God has spoken to us through Christ. Then he tells us to pay close attention to what we have heard now that God in this last days has spoken to us through Christ lest we drift away.
When we neglect the word of God and our salvation then we open the door for drifting away to take place.
When we neglect our place in prayer and connection to God then we begin to drift away and as we said yesterday, the process is so slow that we do not realize that we are moving away. When we neglect fellowship with other believers and want to do it on our own then we open ourselves up to be carried away by the waves and undercurrents of the world. In other words, where there is no discipline then drifting will definitely occur.
Remember the early church and the great success they had? well it was because of certain disciplines that they held on to.
Acts 2:42, 46-47
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Why did they not drift? They were devoted to the word, they were devoted to prayer, they were devoted to breaking bread and fellowship. This they did daily and not once in a week or when the circumstances were conducive. Notice, the Lord added to their number daily those who were being born again!
Are you a disciplined Christian paying close attention to what you have heard?
How often do you read your bible so that you can do what it says as opposed to just reading it because it is what you are supposed to do?
Why are you drifting, do you have an idea why?