May 13 Devotional

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today we’ll be in Hebrews 2:1-4:
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
Remember last week’s passage, where we were looking at how much better Jesus is. Better than any and everything! So because Jesus is better, we then move into this new argument where we’re commanded to pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. I can still remember my first time going to the beach. After growing up in the Midwest my whole life (they’re all landlocked states, and the Great Lakes are cool and all, but no ocean!), I finally saw the Ocean for the first time during a missions trip to Mexico when I was 13. I was overwhelmed by the vastness of the water! And a little scared of what I knew was hiding underneath! My friends and I spent hours playing in the ocean, riding the waves, tentatively going deeper and deeper. After a while of playing we looked back and realized we had drifted far away from where our leaders were! So we began the arduous journey back to where we were supposed to be! The drifting was hardly noticeable at first, but over time it became a drastic change. The same thing can happen to our faith. I’ve been told there’s no neutral zone in the Christian faith, we’re either growing closer to God or drifting further away from Him. This is where it’s so important for us to remind each other of our rich, wonderful gospel truths. And not just remind each other, but remind ourselves! Keeping our eyes find on Jesus!
The author then goes on to remind us how much greater our salvation is. What began as a message from the angels, yet punishment was still given for disobedience, how much greater is the salvation given to us by God Himself? This salvation was declared by the Lord at first (as we saw in Jesus baptism in Luke 3), but then other lives started to be changed by that same news, and finally, God Himself demonstrated the trueness of this message by sign and wonders and miracles. You don’t have to read far in the book of Acts to see the miracles done! People were even being healed just by touching Peter’s shadow! (Acts 5:15) Therefore, we can trust all the more in the salvation that has been given to us. God has proven that it’s true, that He’s faithful, and that He will give us everything we need, if we ensure that we don’t drift away. This is done in conjunction with the Holy Spirit at work in us, which means we can’t do it on our own or in our own strength. So trust in Him, pray for strength, and remain diligent in your pursuit of Him.
Today’s song is a reminder that the one who began a good work in you will bring it to completion. It’s called ‘He Will Hold Me Fast’ you can listen to it on YOUTUBE or SPOTIFY.
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