Hebrews 2 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“We must therefore pay even more attention to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away. For if the message spoken through the angels was legally binding, and every transgression and disobedience received a just punishment, how will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?” Hebrews 2:1-3a
One of my friends own a beach home on Lake Michigan. In the summers, my family would drive over to their house to ride Jet Skis.
Lake Michigan has waves and moods just like an ocean. At times it can be quite treacherous. It’s not as much a lake as it is an inland sea. It ebbs and flows. Many large ships have sunk in Lake Michigan storms. Gordon Lightfoot’s song, “The Wreck Of The Edmond Fitzgerald”, is about one such Lake Michigan shipwreck.
One summer afternoon, I was pretty far out on the lake, when I decided to jump off my “water hog” and swim around a bit. No big deal, I just hopped into the lake. In a short moment’s time, I noticed my Jet Ski quickly drifting away. I swam like crazy and was almost completely exhausted before I caught it!
It can be that way sometimes with the gospel. All we must do is turn our attention from the gospel and we begin to drift away. That is why G_dly community is so important. Hanging around Worldly people, in order to minister to them, is important. But a steady diet of Worldliness will dull your sensitivity to sin. Often we don’t even realize it.
Have you known people who have drifted away from the community of believers in Yeshua? Have you been one of those people? I have.
I know I am drifting when I begin to feel uncomfortable around fully devoted believers. Their proximity makes me feel convicted because of the difference in their attitudes & lifestyles, and that exposes my sin. Those uncomfortable encounters are gifts from the L_rd, because true believers cannot find sustained joy outside of G_dly fellowship with other believers.
It is important that we keep a sharp spiritual focus. If we drift from the life that Yeshua calls us to, we are neglecting the parameters He has set up to protect us. We disengage from spiritual community and eventually become completely disenfranchised. This is how Satan picks us off, one-by-one.
If we reject the L_rd’s provision, especially that of salvation through faith in Yeshua, there are always negative consequences. By the way, there is only ONE source of salvation. If we neglect G_d’s grace, how will we escape our just punishment? Praise the L_rd that salvation is offered freely, to all who would turn from their sin and receive Yeshua as L_rd & Savior!
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Monday, November 11, 2013