I had three years of class in the Spanish language. There was a time when I was able to hold down a conversation in Spanish. However, today if we would have a conversation in Spanish, I would only grasp some words here or there. I don’t think being able to say “door” and “window” will get me very far. I forgot so much because I was no longer engaged in speaking the language. When the classes ended, there were other classes that needed my attention.
In Hebrews 2:1, we read: “This is why it is so crucial that we be all the more engaged and attentive to the truths that we have heard so that we do not drift off course” (TPT). Forgetting the Spanish language I learned is still frustrating today, but even more important is to be engaged and attentive to the Gospel. The writer of Hebrews is warning us to pay closer attention so we don’t drift away. Just as I forgot so much of the Spanish language, so we can forget God’s truths if we take our eyes away.
It’s not only about forgetting the truths that we have heard, but also neglecting them. Remember, out of sight, out of mind. Consider when you get a new job. You don’t see your old co-workers as often. The people you once spoke to daily now because those people you wish happy birthday to once a year on Facebook. That close relationship you once had changes because you now have new co-workers. It’s not that you no longer like the old co-workers, but that you are focused on what is in front of you.
As we read, it is CRUCIAL that we be engaged and attentive. This means we are involved with God’s truths. This means we are reading God’s Word and we are acting upon it, allowing God’s Word to guide us and be written on our hearts. Being attentive means that we are paying attention to what God’s Word says as well as how it applies in the world.
The warning is clear. If we are not paying attention, we could drift off course. Remember, our focus can guide us anywhere. This is why we read in Philippians 4:8 of the importance of placing our focus on good things, on what is true and worthy of praise. The other option is to engage with things that are not good and helpful, to listen to things that will tear down, lead astray, and even corrupt and damage us. Usually it only starts small but before you know it, the wind turns and you aren’t reading your Bible and you are neglecting your prayer life.
Let us remember this day and every day to “be all the more engaged and attentive to the truths that we have heard so that we do not drift off course.” Take time today to commune with your Father. Read His Word. Share your heart. Lean in and listen to what He has to say to you today. May you always be engaged and attentive!