|Today’s Scripture: Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. Hebrews 2:1|
|There is a story told about a train conductor who was taking tickets from passengers. He took the first ticket from a lady, looked at it, and said, “You know what, Ma’am, you’re on the wrong train!” She got very worried and scurried off the train. He went to the next passenger, looked at the ticket and said, “Oh, this is strange. You’re on the wrong train, too.” That person also scurried off the train and tried to find the right one. This happened five or six more times! This was a very bright conductor. He suddenly realized that perhaps he was on the wrong train!
Being on the right train is important, but even more important is knowing that your train is heading in the right direction. The Christian life is like being on a train that is going through the valleys and up and over mountains. What if that train came to a standstill on the upward slope? That train would not be standing still for long. There is not much time in the Christian life when you are ever going to be at a standstill. You’re either going forwards or going backwards.
Today’s verse reminds us that we need to take more earnest heed to the things we have heard. We need to be paying better attention to keep ourselves from slipping away. Don’t slip away from the Word of God, which is the same as neglecting the Word of God. If you go for a day or two neglecting the Bible, it’s drifting. Its starts a bad progression that starts your train moving backwards and drifting from the Word of God.
When you neglect the Word of God, you’re heading backwards, and you will then start doubting the Word of God. The author of Hebrews calls it the hardening of your hearts. (Hebrews 3:8) The next progression backwards is to be nonresponsive to the Holy Spirit’s leading and guiding. Continuing on the downward slope speeds you quickly towards something else that is very dangerous, despising the Word of God. This is an active willfulness against the things of God.
Often, this all crashes and you find yourself forsaking the regular assembling of yourselves together in church, blaming the Church, blaming God and giving up!
Praise God that we are never without hope! God is rich in mercy and forgiveness. There are always tools to fix the mechanical problem of our stubborn hearts and plenty of ‘fuel’ in the Word of God to get us moving in the right direction. Often if our engine needs a push or tow, mature believers, teachers, or Pastors are there to ‘jump start’ us and encourage that forward progress.
We have no legitimate excuses. Get on the right track and move forward!
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.