"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. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will." Hebrews 2:1-4
I remember sitting in the classroom when I was a kid and the teacher said, "Pay very close attention to what I am about to tell you." I can't say that I always perked up with attention, and many times I wished I would have. When we don't pay attention to the details, disaster is usually close behind. Have you every thought about paying attention to the gospel? Why do we need to pay attention to the gospel? The writer of Hebrews says that we need to pay careful attention to the gospel so that we don't drift away. I think many times, if we aren't careful, we have the "I already know that" attitude. We've read the pages of the Bible over and over again. We've read the books and the commentaries, and we think we know all there is to know about God. We've seen the miracles and wonderful acts of God, even felt the personal power of the Holy Spirit from time to time. But it's not about how much you know; it's about experiencing and walking with God daily. It's about paying close attention to the gospel that we have received and the gospel that we should be living out loud each and every day. If we are not careful, we will find ourselves neglecting the gospel that we first believed. How do we neglect the gospel??? We trade the life experience of the gospel (salvation and sanctification through grace) for a knowledge-based gospel (learn the law and keep the law). Let's be a people who embrace the gospel not just with our head but with our hearts and lives as well. Let's live the gospel out loud and pay most careful attention each day to the presence of God in our lives.