April 22 2020 (468 words)
“Therefore we must pay close 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 ESV
As we find ourselves in a time of social distancing, I find myself worried about my fellow brothers and sisters in the faith. There are so many distractions these days that make it hard to ‘pay close attention to what we have heard’ and therefore I worry about those who may ‘drift away from it’.
There’s a helpful term in leadership that I think can apply here. They call it ‘Mission Drift’. What happens in organizations and groups is slowly, but surely, we get away from the mission of why we exist and we get bogged down by distractions or different ‘opportunities’ and we forget why we existed in the first place. We all do this for many different reasons. Think about spouses arguing. At some point, the argument is going to morph from ‘being right and helpful’ to ‘winning’. And though they may look similar on the outside, they are completely different on the inside.
If we don’t as the writer of Hebrew’s suggests here, which is ‘pay close attention to what we have heard’ we are going to drift and we are going to start looking for an escape over and above the great salvation that has already been acquired for us! This may lead us to a works-based religion or any religion outside of the complete work that Jesus has provided for us.
There is lots of helpful advice out there today to keep mentally active and stimulated and ways to continue to keep rhythm in your life. There’s lots of projects you can continue to pursue and make progress on. But most importantly, don’t lose your relationship with Jesus. He’s near to you. He knows what is going on in your life. He wants you to have a conversation with Him. My encouragement to you all is to continue to pay close attention to Jesus, the author and perfecter of your faith and pay close attention to His work on the cross for you. Examine it. Wonder about it. Do not let your vision slip because I fear if we do, there are many traps and snares waiting for us to weigh us down so we do not run the race with perseverance because our hearts are trapped by another. Keep focused on Jesus!
Parkland Community Church:
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William ConLead Pastor
William has been the Lead Pastor of
Parkland Community Church since Nov. 2018