In my fifth year of high school (anyone remember the OAC year?), since I knew I was headed to Tyndale, I had planned to do a co-op at my church. Unfortunately, my friend went a semester before I was to start. The pastor often found him sleeping in a Sunday school room or storage closet. The church’s experience was so negative that they cancelled my co-op. The job required more work than my friend was willing to put into it. Heads up, Christianity requires a lot of work, too. Since only Jesus can connect us to God we better be sure that we’re doing all we can to stay connected to Jesus, because it’s more than a cancelled co-op that’s at risk.
Hebrews can be a really scary book, or a really encouraging book. On the one hand, if you are actively pursuing Jesus as a friend, you’re sacrificing for Him, and you’re prioritizing Him, then Hebrews is awesome! However, if Jesus is one option among many, if He sometimes gets your attention and other times not, and if you’re treating Him and eternity too casually, then Hebrews should be terrifying for you. Hebrews warns us all that relationships have conditions, and the benefits of a relationship with Jesus comes only as we meet the conditions. In this episode focused on Hebrews 2:10-18, we explore some of the benefits that Jesus gives, and we’re warned to do this one thing (revealed in the episode) to make sure we don’t lose those benefits – why only Jesus can reconcile you to God, and what you have to do about it.
I have no idea why I let my friends talk me into going to the States for a shopping trip. I hate shopping trips. But, they were my friends and I was about 19 with time to kill. After we crossed the boarder we stopped referring to the map because we got caught up in actually being in the States for the first time on our own. I didn’t realize how quickly a small thing like drifting off course could become so virulent until I stopped for gas and found myself in the middle of a shoot out. As bullets were flying and gunshots were coming from multiple directions I immediately understood – drifting can be deadly. That’s precisely why we need to give the Gospel Priority.
As my dad and I were fishing, sitting in his homemade canoe, we allowed the gentle breeze and the current to carry us along. We may have started in a good location, but because we weren’t paying attention we ended up drifting toward the shore and beaching ourselves. On that day, the fish were completely safe as our lures (I’m convinced of this) sat resting on the sandy bottom. Drifting may be good when you want to relax, but when something needs to be accomplished it’s completely unhelpful. In other contexts, drifting can even result in some seriously negative outcomes. In this episode we’re going to find out why Hebrews 2:1-4 strongly warns not to drift.