Prayer: O God, move me to action through your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Use it or lose it
Therefore we must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. (v. 1)
Our devotion writer says when paddling a canoe in a river, you are either moving forward or drifting backwards. Yes, well depending upon whether you are heading upstream or downstream.
Most of us have learned some foreign language. If we haven’t used it, very likely we have forgotten a lot of it. Or if we play a musical instrument, our proficiency wanes after a while not using the talents. Our spiritual lives are similar.
Our devotion writer explains; “I think our lives are like being in a canoe. There is no standing still. We are either growing spiritually or we are drifting backwards. When it comes to faith, it is not enough to just know what the Bible says. To have it make a difference to ourselves and to others, we need to apply what we know to guide us daily. As we live by the light God has given us, we receive more light to see things from God’s perspective. Praise to Jesus, Light of the world!”
Prayer: “O Light of the world, open our hearts and help us to live in your light. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Warning to Pay Attention
2 Therefore we must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. 2 For if the message declared through angels was valid, and every transgression or disobedience received a just penalty, 3 how can we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? It was declared at first through the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him, 4 while God added his testimony by signs and wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, distributed according to his will.
Exaltation through Abasement
5 Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. 6 But someone has testified somewhere,
“What are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them? 7 You have made them for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned them with glory and honor, 8 subjecting all things under their feet.”
Now in subjecting all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them, 9 but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.