Pay Attention — Aaron Klein
March 5, 2023

Pay Attention — Aaron Klein

What is the purpose of a level? It’s a tool filled with a liquid and an air bubble where the bubble's position reveals whether a surface is perfectly “level” or “plumb.” From carpenters to engineers to weekend warriors hanging pictures, we use them to ensure the work is straight (or level). Interestingly, although we may be off a fraction of a degree initially and not notice, we would be vastly far from the plumb line if that line were carried out a great distance.

Hebrews 2:1 says, “We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” In other words, if our level is Jesus Christ and the written word of God (the things we learned in Hebrews chapter 1), then we should do our best to live for Jesus according to His standards in Scripture. To do anything less leads to drifting.

Drifting begins by asking, “Did the Bible really mean that when it says that?” “Can I take out the parts that I don’t like?” “Is Jesus really who He says (and Scripture says) He is?” Once you arrive at the place where Jesus Christ and the Word of God are no longer your plumb line, what else remains as your level? You! Society!

The writer of Hebrews makes it clear that this leads to a life that has drifted far away from God, and the warning given is one of punishment.

As we continue our journey through Hebrews, we will be challenged this week to continue walking with Jesus day by day. If we don’t, and if we’re not growing, the writer raises the question: Have we ever really begun the Christian life? He leaves the question hanging in the air, which can seem so haunting: “How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?” (2:3) May the Lord help us pay attention and grow up in our faith.

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