HEBREWS 2:1-4 – REALITY CHECK!

A COMMUNION MEDITATION

Often, we live in a “dream world” concerning ourselves! As kids, teens, or young adults, we might dream of being a sports star, a movie star, a model, a millionaire, or another super ambitious profession. And then you have a reality check that says, “It isn’t going to happen.”

Another reality check comes as we age. We often do not want to admit that our bodies no longer are able to do the things we’d like them to. We can’t work long hours, perform the same tasks, or trust our bodies to do what it once could do. It is best to have reality checks, that say, “I’ve got get realistic here.” For me there came a day when I had to say, “I can’t ride roller coasters anymore, without doing my body harm.” It was not easy, but realistic.

Spiritually, God calls us to have reality checks, especially when we come to the Lord’s Table. 1 Corinthians 11:26-32.

Hebrews 2:1-4 gives us a great opportunity to perform a reality check as we come to the Lord’s Table. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we ask ourselves two questions:

Am I Heeding or Drifting?

Am I Embracing or Neglecting.

AM I HEEDING OR DRIFTING? – Hebrews 2:1

  • In Hebrews 1:1-3, Jesus is presented as The Superior Lord.
  • In Hebrews 1:4-14, Jesus is presented as The Greatest in the whole universe, especially over the angels.
  • Based all that our Lord Jesus is, the author of Hebrews gives an admonition to “earnestly heed” the Word of God, lest we slip or drift away.
  • He’s telling us, it does take much to drift away from living the Christian life. If we don’t actively heed God’s Word, we will slowly drift away from our “first love”, the Lord Jesus. If other things, which may appear innocent enough, rob us of time in the Word and prayer, Scripture memorization, church attendance, and intimate fellowship with other believers, we will slowly drift away.
  • So regularly, we need to face reality, and ask, “Am I drifting in even a small way from my commitment to Christ?” Is my love commitment to Christ growing or shrinking?
  • As we come to the Lord’s Table, we need to ask that question, confess our sin, and begin taking heed again!

Am I Heeding or Drifting?

AM I EMBRACING OR NEGLECTING? – Hebrews 2:2-4

  • 2 – In the Old Testament, when angels spoke, people were accountable. And God used angels to deliver the law to Isarael on Mount Sinani. Acts 7:38, 53
  • 3-4 – When men sinned in the Old Testament, they were punished. We have a greater revelation. If we neglect the message given by God’s Son through the ministry of the Apostles and demonstration of the power of God, we too, will be punished. Those who fail to believe in Him will suffer the penalty of The Lake of fire.
  • If we fail to embrace God’s Word, we neglect God’s Word. If you are truly born again, God will discipline you like a loving parent. Some have been taken home prematurely, and we all are accountable before the Judgment Seat of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:27-32, 1 Corinthians 3:11-15
  • To embrace the Word of God is to heed it. And to neglect the Word God is to drift.
  • There is mercy with God as we examine our sins before God and confess them. This brings about repentance that helps us change. 1 John 1:9
  • At the Lord’s Table, such repentance makes us ready to the bread and the cup with the joy and a appreciation of a forgiven child.

 

Am I Heeding or Drifting?

Am I Embracing or Neglecting.