We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. 4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

Some years ago a survey was conducted among a number of growing churches in the United States. The results were written up in a book called ‘Move’. It makes for fascinating reading. It revealed that (surprise, surprise!) the number one catalytic factor for spiritual growth is the regular reading of Scripture and engagement with it: what you read gets a hold of you to the degree that you do something about it. It changes your life.

The writer to the Hebrews asserts that if we are not to “drift away” we must “pay the most careful attention” to that Word which was first announced by the Lord (and His apostles) and attested by the Holy Spirit in supernatural ways.

My mind goes back to 1:3 which speaks of Jesus “sustaining all things by his powerful word.” There the reference is to the universe. But it is also true to say that our spiritual lives are also sustained by that “powerful word.” We do not live on bread alone..!

Prayer: Lord, May I be able to say with the psalmist, “I will not neglect your word” (Ps.119:16).