Do You Hear What I Hear?
“We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have HEARD, so that we do not drift away. For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? The 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 gifts of The Holy Spirit distributed according to His will.” Hebrews 2: 1-4 (Emphasis mine)
My dear friend Robert Smith shared this passage in home fellowship here one Saturday and I would like to share it again with you here today. It is a very powerful warning to not just pay attention, but to pay MORE CAREFUL ATTENTION to THE message of Christ, so that we do not drift away from Him and the Truth in Love. Some sects preach and teach that we cannot drift away from Him, but this passage makes it quite abundantly clear that we can in this life, if we do not totally focus upon Jesus and His life giving Gospel of Truth and Love.
I want to point out and highlight that HEARING is extremely important for those who follow Jesus. It is all about hearing from Him the message of Truth in Love. PLEASE NOTE: That no where in this passage does it talk about what we READ in the bible, no it talks about what we HEAR from Him, angels and other followers of Christ. Reading and hearing are NOT at all the same thing. In the Gospel of John Jesus says that, “My sheep hear my voice and obey”. Even if you read the bible a thousand times over, it is not equal to or the same as hearing directly from Christ Himself. I say yes we can hear Him quite often while reading the scriptures, but we can also read without EVER hearing from Him. Romans 10:17 says “Faith comes from HEARING the message…” And Hebrews 11: 6 says that, “without faith it is impossible to please God.” We ALL need to hear directly FROM Jesus and not just read things ABOUT Him. I hope my heart is being heard clearly here, because I am not at all anti-bible. I am just saying that Jesus is much more important than the book about Him. In order to truly hear and comprehend His message in full, we must hear the Voice of Christ in our heart, mind and Spirit.
I do not ever want to ignore His great salvation and all that it means to us both individually and corporately. He redeemed ALL THINGS and I want to use and enjoy the entirety of His great and awesome salvation in the here and now as well as for all eternity. The gifts of The Holy Spirit have been distributed widely to MANY according to His will. In fact I have never met a true follower of Jesus who did not have gifts they could use to bless Christ and His Body. I fully and completely support every member ministry, because just having a gifted few people lead many spectators is NOT His will for us in Christ at all. In fact when we gather in His Name everyone should get to contribute and share. (1 Corinthians 14: 26) We all need to live out His salvation to the fullest in this life because when we do that, He is lifted up and then He draws all others to Himself. If you want to talk about true Church growth? Then start there! Programs don’t work, but living abundant lives while hearing Christ sure does.
Kirk Out !