Earlier today, before I left to get my tattoo, I was studying a passage in Hebrews 1 for the “Recognizing Jesus” Bible Study. First off, I was laughing at how much I’ve studied Hebrews, what you see in the photos is just one of my Bibles, others have equally as much writing. As I was looking at chapter one, my eyes kept dropping to the first verse in chapter two. Hebrews 2:1 We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. That verse has been on my mind all week because of two words found in it, “drift away.” I have been curious about how other people understand those words when it comes to our relationship with Christ, so this past week I started asking around. I’ve heard everything from a slow separation, like floating on a tube in a lake or even on the ocean, all the way to a hard-pulling type of separation, like being caught in a riptide. The active Greek verb used here lends itself a little more toward the hard pull, pararrhueō, so I tend to believe it’s more like being caught in a riptide. I think that we NEED to see it that way because this drift is more dangerous than we think.
Martin Luther King Jr. made a statement that I believe tells the danger of this type of drifting, “There was a time when the church was very powerful, in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.” The more we look at Jesus as a “nice guy” the more we lose the weight of what He did and what He calls us to. When we fear talking about Christ to others because we don’t want to offend them, they continue to drift, and SO DO WE. I’ll be honest, I wrestled writing this because I didn’t want to step on any toes, and then God asked me, “Lisa, do you love me?” I said that I did, wholeheartedly, and He responded, “then feed my sheep.” He just quoted one of my favorite passages of John and my heart ACHED as the weight of His response hit me.
We are called to share the Good News of Jesus Christ to a world that will hate us for it. And we need to do it in a way that people feel both the compassion of Christ, but also the submission needed in our relationship with Him. We have a God who loves us more than we will ever comprehend, but we can’t forget that He is our Lord as well. We don’t want to hit people over the head with the Bible, and we don’t want to preach hate, but we need to ensure that people know Jesus is the ONLY way. We need to know and let other know that we must ALWAYS actively pursue a relationship with Him. If we are not actively pursuing Him, we are actively walking away from Him!
Keep this image in your mind and never lose it; if you are actively pursuing a relationship with Jesus, He’s holding your hand and walking you one way. If you let go of His hand, to “take a break” for a minute, satan steps in, takes your hand and actively walks you in the opposite direction.
God loves you, chose you, and wants you, you captured His heart with one glance. That relationship goes both ways, He wants you to love Him, chose Him, and want Him to be Lord over your life.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.