I own a black truck; wash it and it shines like new money or at least most of it does. The hood on my black truck will never shine again and the reason is I fail to keep it washed and waxed. Because of my neglect it will never shine again without a fresh paint job. Now there is someone reading this and saying bring it to my shop and I’ll paint it for you. There’s been many a Christian that began passionately and became professional. What was once love for their daily Bible reading and prayer has now turned into a duty. Oh, these good folks aren’t doing anything terribly wrong they have just drifted from their passionate love for Him. I remember I was doing some snorkeling, I was so excited about what I was seeing I failed to realize that I had began to drift and then a current grabbed me and out in deep water I went. When I raised my head I was a long ways from where I should have been all because I neglected what I should have been paying attention to and then I drifted. That’s what happens, we neglect our time with the Lord and before we know it we are drifting away.
Hebrews 2:3How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation;How can you and I escape if we neglect our great salvation. Notice that verse didn’t say “how shall we escape if we reject such a great salvation?” It says neglect. Now that hood on my truck didn’t suddenly become dull it became that way because of what I didn’t do. It became dull because I neglected it. You and I must have a daily maintenance in our Christian life. Daily time in God’s Word turns on the light for the day; you see it’s not a book you’re missing but a person you spend time with, Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. It’s neglecting time with Jesus. Yesterday morning I went out the door on my way to work when I felt a strong urge to pray. I walked over to the edge of the yard and began to pray. Don’t know why I felt that way but I obeyed the impulse of the Holy Spirit. Now it could have been the Lord slowing me down from an oncoming accident that might have injured me, I don’t know and may never know. It’s not my job to know it’s my job to obey realizing that God loves me and wants the best for me. If He wants to have me stop for a few minutes so He can talk with Him that’s fine; better than a dead battery. On Tuesday of this week I was in a bad part of Atlanta stopped at a stop sign when I heard a gunshot and at the same time I heard the bullet hit a tree close to me. Needless to say I got to moving very quickly. Later as I thought about that my heart began to beat fast as I got to thinking how I could have been killed had that bullet hit me in the head and not the tree. As I was thinking on that the Holy Spirit brought comforting words to my heart knowing that it was He that protects me. Have a blessed weekend, don’t forget that you are loved greatly by the Lord Jesus and don’t neglect Him this weekend.
Wayne Sosebee is an RU Director and President and Founder of Scarlet Thread Ministries which in the process of starting up a place where men and women can come for help to be overcomers of what has long had them bound.