Today’s Scripture: 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. Hebrews 2:3
How shall “we” escape if “we” neglect so great salvation? No one would say that Paul was not saved. Why do people have their faith shaken by verses like this? Remember when studying Scripture, to look at the context. The book of Hebrews is written to believers, whom I believe, lost sight of the guaranteed ultimate victory and deliverance. By neglecting or drifting through the relationship available through the Son’s final victory we read about in Chapter 1, they could expect consequences. That drifting often starts small with being too busy and neglecting personal time with the LORD in His Word and in prayer. This neglect often leads to the believer finding other things more important to them than being in God’s House.
In this age of grace, we often think that we can do whatever we want and it won’t affect anyone. Other people might see our bad testimony. Maybe our drifting is going to affect our children. Do we really think we can get away with neglecting certain things vital to our Christian life? We think that we can continue in sin that grace may abound. What does the Bible say? God forbid! No, we cannot lose our eternal salvation, but we can suffer loss – loss of blessings, loss of rewards.
Consider your car’s tire. Either your car tells you via warning lights that your tire needs air, or you can feel it while driving. You know it’s low, but you neglect it. You know what’s going to happen and probably at a time when you’re already running late. You’ve neglected to put much-needed air into that tire and sure enough, it is going to blow! It could even blow while you’re speeding on the highway and even flip the whole vehicle. All because of neglect.
How about you, dear one? What are you neglecting because you are just too busy and don’t have time? Let me implore you like the writer of Hebrews did. What hardship could you avert by spending time in His Word and in His house around other believers? May today be the start of a stronger relationship with the LORD.
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.