With each passing day culture seems to be progressing to greater “enlightenment.” The irony of this is that it is not light, but darkness. With each step the world seems to be moving towards more and more rebellion against our Creator.
For Christians we must recognize that this is the world in which we live. We are called by Jesus to be in the world but not of the world. (John 17:14-15). Our mission as disciples of Jesus is to live amongst those who are floundering, who are confused, whose life is chaotic. Christians are not to isolate, but to go and love people by giving them solid ground to place their feet upon. Specifically the solid ground of Jesus Christ, our Cornerstone.
Having said this, the work of a Christian is not without risk. The spirit of the World is strong, and we have an Enemy. Add to this that we are still weak due to the ongoing existence of our sinfulness. Robert Robinson, who wrote “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” said it best when he wrote, “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love.” With this in mind, how are we to persevere? How are we to endure to the end when all of the world seems to be drifting in the opposite direction away from the God we love?
“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.” – Hebrews 2:1-4
The way by which God keeps us, is by what He has said to us.
“The message declared by angles” is the Old Testament. One reason God provided us with the Old Testament is to show His faithfulness. When God said something he meant it, both good and bad. This is the pattern we see again and again in the Old Testament; God’s reliability. If that wasn’t enough, God sent His Son to warn us first hand of God’s wrath and invite us to find refuge in His death on the cross. We find these words in the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). If that wasn’t enough, God rose up apostles to go and bear witness. These Apostles were eyewitness; men who saw Jesus firsthand. Along with their message he gave these men gifts of the Holy Spirit, thereby showing signs, wonders and miracles. These gifts acted as corroboration that what they said was truly from God.
All of these things can be summed up with two words, the Bible. God has spoken to us over and over and over again with a singular message. It is a message of God’s justice and His Love. This message is what anchors us when the entire world seems to be running in the opposite direction.
God is faithful. He will accomplish His purposes. There will come a day when history will be rolled up. For those who follow Christ, they will follow him into eternal blessings. For those who follow the world, they will follow it into eternal curses. So in summary, “we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.”