Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. Hebrews 2:1, ESV.
God has spoken His final word through His Son, the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer who rules over even the angels. While knowing this is crucial to your faith, knowing what to do with it is just as crucial.
We need to “pay much closer attention to” what God has spoken by His Son because we have an awful tendency to “drift away from it.” There is a simple yet profound truth playing out here: As professing believers in Jesus Christ we will either devote ourselves to God’s word about His Son or we will find ourselves drifting away from it. There is no middle ground. A vigorous effort is required to stay close to Jesus. It takes no effort at all to drift away.
If you have ever pursued physical fitness this should come as no surprise to you. You either devote yourself to it, eating right almost every meal and exercising almost every day, or you find your objective slipping further and further away. Life’s good things demand our attention.
There is a difference here. We do not earn salvation from Christ. The “we” in Hebrews 2:1 are Christians. They are not being called to work hard to keep Jesus. They are being called to practice obedient listening to the word of Jesus their Savior or find themselves unmoored, drifting away from the place of contentment in Christ.
This is the first of what are called the “warning passages” in Hebrews. The author is deeply concerned with helping the saints stay anchored to Christ. He does not want to see them drift away from Jesus and lose their peace, hope, and their joy in Him.
These are days in which it is dangerous to drift. In an upside-down, stay-at-home world, we need Jesus as the anchor for our souls more than ever. At the same time, with our routines disrupted, these may be some of the easiest days to drift. And drifting is always in the wrong direction. So, for the sake of your peace, hope, and joy in Jesus . . . pay attention to Him. Hold fast to His Word. Spend time with Him in prayer. Sing of His worth.
I am praying for you today that you will hold fast. When you do, you will find that His yoke is easy and His burden is light, and that you will find rest for your soul (Mt 11:29-30).