So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it. -Hebrews 2:1
For all us Believers: new believers, seasoned believers, born believers and any other kind; we all go through many phases in our relationship with Christ much like our relationships with others. At first, we have a new found love that we cannot get enough of, but as we get familiar and go though our daily connect with Christ, we may slowly start to do this mechanically like a habit – for instance read the Bible and pray before sleeping.
Though we have ministering spirits sent to us (Hebrews 1:14) do we pay earnest heed to them or slowly drift away from Christ and the good news that excited us so? We may use excuses of no time in our day to cut down prayer time, or stop quiet time with God to be able to fit this in our ‘schedules’. Then typically what will happen is that the wordly things will start to look more inviting and hold more intrigue than Godly influences. We will drift more toward wordly influences, if we do not keep our faith and listen more closely to the ministering spirits for our salvation.
However, if we try to keep our faith going despite our daily routine and schedules and other things, God will see that we are keeping Him first in our life and God will use His unique way to draw us closer to Him.
And what if we see a brother or sister starts to drift away from the truth and be deceived by sin? Isn’t their salvation important to us? The Bible says ” You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.” (Hebrews 3:13)
It is easy to recognize this drift because then one talks themselves into believing lies and makes excuses for drifting away. Their hearts slowly become hardened and they shut out Godly influences so that they don’t feel guilty when they do wrong and find excuses each time. They no longer care about respected opinions and may soon live a disgraceful life.
Therefore, let us warn each other as soon as we notice this change in our friends, or brothers and sisters in Christ. Their salvation means a lot to us. And if we are on the receiving end of such warnings, let us be wise enough to receive the love from the person who is keeping in mind our salvation. Let us receive thei warning with openness. The Bible says, “To one who listens, valid criticism is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry.” (Proverbs 25:12)