In our modern Western society, we cannot go very far without hearing a little about Christianity. There are churches on almost every corner. Countless poems and songs connect what we see around us to the God who created it all.
The world and the people in it bear witness to the saving power of Jesus Christ. But Hebrews warns us to pay careful attention. The gospel does not save us from discomfort or uncertainty. It does not save us from circumstances. Yet, much of our perspective tries to take the evidence we see around us for God and reshape it in our own image, so that we might control others and manipulate our settings.
We “drift away” from the reality of God’s goodness when we ignore the true measure and weight of God’s salvation. The message of the gospel has the power to save us from a life of absurdity to a life of meaning, an existence based on falsity to one based on truth.
When we try to turn God into a genie granting us wishes, we ignore the great salvation he is offering us. We shackle ourselves via our untrue perspective. And we do so to our own detriment.
God wants us to know Him. To love Him. To live in this world as best we can as servants to His cause, the cause of life and righteousness. The full measure of what life can be is only found through Jesus Christ. The true abundance of living is the gospel He extends. It is available to us, if we will pay careful attention and reach out for it.
“We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.”
– Hebrews 2:1-3