2 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
“Give the more earnest heed.” I sometimes wonder what I am giving the most attention to, do you? After all, this world bombard us every day with images, news, music, and a myriad of other things to keep our mind occupied. I can get distracted so easily! I will be typing away on an email, or this blog, and suddenly another thought will come into my head and I’ll go do something else that I think is more important at the time, I often make out lists of things to do today only to work on something besides what is on the list. I am straying from the things I should be giving the “most earnest heed” to. Of course, I also often forget to put things on that list that should be priorities. I need to work at making my lists better, I guess. The point is that I often get distracted.
The time when I get the most distracted is when I pray. There are so many things that should receive the “most earnest heed” when I am praying. My own financial situation, for example, needs a lot of prayer. I have a friend in ICU who has COVID. He needs my prayer. Another friend is building an army for the Lord and needs my prayer. But I have a tendency to get busy and forget to pray as I should pray. I have begun, this year, to keep a prayer journal, trying my prayers daily into a word document. These are by no means all my prayers for the day as all day long I pray when I feel the Holy Spirit asking me to. This journal is my morning prayers, and it has helped me to focus and make sure I devote the time I should to prayer.
But more important than all these things are that I give “the most earnest heed” to the words of Jesus – the red letters if you will. The writer here acknowledges that many have come before and spoken about Messiah – the words of angels he calls it. These would be the words of the prophets, the Psalms, Proverbs and the like that point to righteous living and a holy God. They spoke of walking upright, and that our sins would surely receive an equal and devastating reward. The Jews had been warned since the beginning of their nation that if they forsook the Lord, bad things would happen. Just read Deuteronomy 28! We can see some of these things creeping into our land even now because we have neglected the words. The Jews knew the scriptures, and the writer here reminds them of the words that were spoken before, because they knew the wages of sin. The knew their transgressions carried a just reward and it wasn’t a good one!
When Jesus the Son came everything took a step up. Now the Son has come to share that His words bring life. His sacrifice brings freedom from sin. Following Him will give us joy unspeakable and full of glory. He brought words of healing, of deliverance, of salvation to all. He taught us how to live and move in God’s will. Ho showed us by example the ways in which we could minister to others. But most importantly, He died on a cross to take away our sins. He told us this is why he had to die, and the apostles and disciples went out and told the people as well. The told them how much they needed to accept Jesus’ sacrifice for their sins. Then they confirmed their words with signs and wonders. All through the book of acts we see things happen that are against the natural order. These would be signs and wonders. Ananias and Sa[hire dying, prison doors opening, lame man walking, dead rising to life, healing by merely being in a shadow. All these things were God’s way of getting people’s attention. The words of these men should not be neglected, especially the words of Jesus.
Over 80% of the world’s population reject these words of life! Actually, it’s probably higher than that. The latest figures I could find reflect that 25% of the people in the world are Christians. This is going by their own admission, of course. How many Christians do you know who do not adhere to the words of Jesus when it comes to salvation? How many do not believe in the whole “born again” thing, or that you have to be saved? I would guess if you really got down the nitty-gritty that maybe 10% are really Christians by the “born again” standard. It’s probably less than that! Even those who say they are Christian neglect this great salvation message. Many think that they can just doe good, go to church, and put something in the offering and they will be fine. But this gift of salvation has to be accepted. Yes, it was freely given when Jesus died on the cross. We must accept it by faith – it does not automatically become a part of my life while I do nothing. John 3:3. Romans 10:9-10 and 1 John 1:9, among many other verses, all say this.
How about you today? Have you been born again? Have accepted this great salvation, or have you neglected the message that the New Testament is all about. The greatest gift ever given is Jesus Christ crucified. His sin free life made atonement for all my sins, and I can be washed from my sins simply by accepting this gift and then following in His ways. My actions and good deeds will never get me to heaven. Only the confession of my mouth can do that. Why don’t you accept Him today and stop neglecting this great salvation you have been offered, Simply say this prayer:
“Lord Jesus, I have sinned and I ask you for forgiveness. I will repent and turn from my sin, and from this day forward I will follow you. Help me to be what you made me to be. Thank you for my salvation!” Yes, it really is that simple. Now, if you have prayed this prayer for the first time, please comment below and I will contact you. Everyone needs someone else to help them on this journey. Jesus had 12 men who followed Him everywhere. We need people too, especially when the hard times come. Jesus needed help carrying His cross the burden was sop heavy. There are times you will need help carrying the things that will come into your life. A Christian brother who can help you understand the word is good to have. Don’t try to walk through this Christian life alone.