Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny
Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. Hebrews 2.1
There is a need to be vigilant and alert. The most important thing that I have in my existence is my salvation. Yet, do I take it seriously? I say that I do, but do I really?
The author of Hebrews writes that we must pay closer attention to what we have heard. In the case of today, it is what has been written. The words were first communicated through the Lord Jesus to his apostles. The apostles then passed them on to others. This is the way that the gospel is spread, by word of mouth, by teaching.
However, there is a warning that is being issued. Pay close attention to what you have heard. Why is that important? Because it is easy to get caught in the current and drift away. Drift, by definition, means the flow or the velocity of the current of a river or ocean stream. We have all heard of people who have gotten caught in a current and had a hard time breaking away. The only solution is to pay close attention to what we have heard and anchor ourselves in God´s word.
#risingjoy #devotional #attention
Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
But the one who peers into the perfect law of liberty and fixes his attention there, and does not become a forgetful listener but one who lives it out – he will be blessed in what he does. James 1.25
What gets your attention? What do you focus on? We all have things that we consider important, things that we want to focus on in our lives. However, so often, that is not where we spend most of our time. We let the urgent things take over for they are the things screaming in our ear for attention. They may not be important at all, but the fact that they will not be silenced bumps them to the front of the line.
James wrote a very practical letter. He was writing to Jewish Christians who were living outside of Israel. He told them what they needed to do to be blessed in their actions.
James told his readers where to put their attention. First, one must peer into the perfect law of liberty. It is more than glancing at it. Time needs to be spent learning it. It is perfect in that it is complete and it will set us free from the urgent things and help us to value what is important. To fix your attention is not glancing at it occasionally, but to spend time reading and studying what is inside.
Secondly, listening is not enough. You need to practice what you have learned, live it out. Just as with other things, spiritual muscles need to be exercised. If you listen and then do nothing, it is of no benefit to you. Even worse many times you forget what you have learned. Practice is necessary!
Where is your attention focused? How well do you listen?
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“Then Moses and the Levitical priests spoke to all Israel: “Be quiet and pay attention, Israel. Today you have become the people of the Lord your God.”
Before crossing over the Jordan River to take possession of the promised land, Israel renewed their covenant with God. It required their full attention. Being God’s people meant listening to the Lord.
How do Christians renew their commitment to the Lord’s covenant in Christ? How do you renew your faithful dedication to God?
#covenant #attention #VOTD
On yesterday’s Nudge about the most sensible thing heard lately. Would be from our good brother Alexandre, visiting our home this weekend, who also preached for us in SJCampos and Taubate. He alerted us all to “pay attention to life, to God, to yourself.” His vigorous exhortation came as a bracing reminder of our holy walk in the Lord. I was blessed, because I got to hear it twice!