“Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard,  lest we drift away” [Hebrews 2:1]

During World War II, the Royal Air Force psychologists observed that pilots made the most errors as they flew their planes in for a landing on returning to their base from hazardous raids.  The cause, said the analysts, was an ‘almost irresistible tendency to relax”.

You may or may not find it easy to ‘pay attention’ which is the phrase used in the NIV.  The word attention in Latin means to hold onto.  To give more earnest heed carries a stronger sense of urgency.  Remembering all that you’ve heard is difficult, if not impossible.  Writing it down is an aid to remembering—that’s if you remember to go back and read it.  The truth is the writer of Hebrews knew it was difficult and was trying to motivate God’s people and us today to pay careful attention.  He said if you don’t remember what has been spoken and written down you will easily drift away.

God’s message to us is binding; it never fails, falls, or falters.  When the message is not ‘held on to’ there are consequences.  The angels where thrown out of heaven and an entire generation of Israelites died in the wilderness.  After putting forth his case the writer says….in the absence of our own ability to remember and obey, take note that God has given us this hope…we see Jesus.  “But we see Jesus, who was make a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone” [Hebrews 2:9]  Don’t relax your grip!   Through His obedience we can enter the promise land we can live and not die because by Grace He has provided the strength to ‘hold on’.

The ultimate source of man’s ability to stay the course must be self-discipline.  Only then can he share the boast of a genius like Louis Pasteur: “My greatest strength lies solely in my tenacity.”

Tenaciously hold onto Christ and His strength shall be yours.

Further Reading:  Hebrews 2