When I was in high school, just a few years after the Civil War, from time to time we would hear this type of announcement over the PA system from our beloved vice-principal: “Would those of you who were smoking in the boys’ restroom come to my office immediately. We know who you are!” Well, I was never quite sure if somebody had snitched or if he really knew who the boys were that were doing it, and to be honest I never knew if any kids responded and actually turned themselves in. What I do know now is that when we do things we shouldn’t, sometimes others know it or find out, and sometimes they don’t.
As I came across this verse recently, it reminded me of our vice-principal’s announcements of long ago: Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard , lest at any time we should let them slip. (Hebrews 2:1 KJV) Please permit me to elaborate. The writer of this book, (many think it was Paul) had previously made a clear and powerful argument depicting the superiority of Christ over all other angelic beings, concluding that if the words that were spoken by God’s prophets of long ago or even of the angels were to be heeded, even more so the words of Christ. When somebody important or powerful gives a word, it behooves us to pay attention. It reminded me of this corny line: Man # 1: “Did you hear about the scientist that crossbred a tiger with a parrot”? Man # 2: “No, what did he come out with?” Man # 1: “I don’t know, but if he talks, you better listen!” But here’s the point I want to make: Additionally, our selected verse addressed the issue of “slipping.” Throughout my years in the ministry, I have come to realize that when members of the flock begin to slip, with some of them it is quite noticeable, with others, not so much.
Dear reader, if you are one of those who is slipping, you are in danger. And if the Christian life has become a boring blah to you and you no longer get moved or excited in church when you sing, read, pray, or hear a sermon, you need to do something about it quick. Perhaps you’ve noticed you no longer shed tears of joy as you once did. Well, let me slightly alter my vice-principal’s announcement of long ago to you: “Will those of you who are slipping in your Christian walk, please report to the Lord immediately. You know who you are!”
Memory Verse for the week: (1 Peter 5:7) Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.