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Drifting Away

Hebrews 4:2; 2:1
4:2 - ...but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.
2:1 - Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.

As someone who is a public speaker, I try to take the truth of God's Word and communicate it so that is can be understood by the hearers. I work hard at being accurate with my interpretation, interesting in my presentation, and practical in the application of the truth to everyday life. But I find a lot of people "drifting." No matter how "entertaining" the message may or may not be, it still is the eternal truth which has relevance for our lives. But it is the responsibility of the hearer, not the speaker, to draw out the truth for themselves.

Very few people on Sundays practice "active listening." Most of us listen only for what catches our attention, then we focus in for a few moments before fading again. We wonder then why we are not seeing our lives changed, our minds renewed. We must engage the message. We must meet the Word with faith, or it cannot produced the intended results. Romans says that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." (10:17) When we do fully engage, our faith is built as well.

Still, faith without works is dead. So we must give "more earnest heed" to what we hear. If we do not put things into practice, that's when our faith is weakened and we begin to drift; drifting out of God's purpose and covering.

Lord, I want to be a good listener. Not only that, I desire that truth becomes action because Your Word has been engaged by my faith and obedience.

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