The Truest True Thing
"We ought, therefore, to pay the greatest attention to the truth that we have heard and not allow ourselves to drift away from it. For if the message given through angels proved authentic, so that defiance of it and disobedience to it received appropriate retribution, how shall we escape if we refuse to pay proper attention to the salvation that is offered us today?" Hebrews 2:1-3a
To me, the logic that the writer of Hebrews is trying to get across to us in these first 2.5 verses could be described as the "law of diminishing spiritual returns," ie. if the inputs to our hearts and minds increase and yet we are unmoved and unchanged today by these truths, by this salvation, then, in either the long or short term - probably both - our personal spiritual output will almost certainly diminish. This is perhaps the greatest, most dangerous pitfall of our Western mentality around "discipleship" - we tend to think it's more and more information and knowledge that necessarily equates to spiritual maturity. It can... But not always necessarily...
What if the only measure for "how I'm doing with Jesus" is actually how you're doing with Jesus today? What if all of our knowledge-accrual pales in comparison to how we truly access the presence of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit right now?
That's why I love the imagery implied by verse 1. The idea of "drifting away" also serves to tell us that the "truth" is like a mooring, an anchoring, a solid rock tucked into a tranquil cove, that allows us to stay tethered to our Savior. Can you picture that? Can you imagine yourself moored to the truest true thing you now know - really KNOW - of Jesus today?
What is that truest true thing for you on this particular day?
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