Pay Attention
October 11, 2015

Pay Attention

Series:
Passage: Hebrews 12:5-7

The enemy has no power over us because we are covered by the blood of the lamb. However, we still fall short because we are not paying attention. Lack of attention can bring trouble. When the disciples were out in a boat in the middle of a storm Jesus knew they were in trouble. He walked on the water out to the boat and Peter was so focused on Jesus that he stepped out onto the water and started walking towards Him. The storm was raging all around, but they were not touched. When Peter turned his attention away from Jesus and looked at the storm he started to sink. When we take our focus off of God we begin to sink spiritually.

We have to learn to throw off everything holding us back and keep our eyes focused on Jesus. God will chastise us out of love the same way that a Father will chastise his child. He loves us and only wants the best for us.

“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Endure hardship as, discipline; God is treating you as his children. (Hebrews 12:5-7)
We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? (Hebrews 2:1-3)

Give heed to what we learn, least we drift away. We can pay attention of just sit there and it doesn’t help to just sit there.

Neglect (definition) – “recognize but ignore”, “know but fail to do”, “to fail to carry out or perform”

Our walk with God has to be a way of life; something we do every day. When attending church, bible study, Sunday school or any event related to church we need to be involved and pay attention. We should not do these things out of a sense of duty.

Christian: Christ-Like

Jesus helped those that needed help and lifted up those who were neglected.

This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel. If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it. (Jeremiah 18:1-10)

Thank God for Jesus because He left the Holy Spirit with us to draw us back from sin. The Holy Spirit is there to lift us up and get us on the right path. We just have to pay attention! God does not have anything bad for us in His plan. We just need to listen and follow that plan.