1Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. 2For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, 3how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, 4while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
“What is man, that you are mindful of him,
or the son of man, that you care for him?
7You made him for a little while lower than the angels;
you have crowned him with glory and honor,a
8putting everything in subjection under his feet
This morning I have been considering the way I look at the world. My morning devotion talked about being offended and I have been considering why so much of the next generation has no desire for church and Hebrews 2 has just been all over me. This society is so busy and I continually over extend myself and go from one task to the next neglecting the good stuff that Mary choose. As I am chewing on and considering my life and my walk with Christ; selfishness is what is being said to my soul. I have never considered myself to be selfish but this is not about money or material objects it is about sharing my life. How much of my time is spent in vain repetition or following the traditions of men? How many times have I made my relationship with my Savior an outward appearance but not shown the inward change? I am sad to say that many times church has been an activity, a place, and not me. If the world is busy and selfish and constantly bombarded with “you deserve” why would I choose to spend my precious “me time” in a building with people just going through the motions? I have received the greatest life changing gift, salvation has flipped my world upside down and I have reduced it to a religion of “whitewashed splicers full of dead men’s bones”. My mind is warring today against everything I have been taught, felt, conditioned to believe, and why I allow other people to dictate my emotions. Who am I that He should be mindful of me; I am His beloved. Sadly that doesn’t set me free from my sin nature but it does give me the right to question it. There is a reason darkness doesn’t like the light but also a reason God’s word put a spotlight on so many people throughout history that are heroes of my faith. The sin of outward appearance tries to hide the inner heart; in sack cloth and ashes the people of Israel repented. I was not very old when I began to fight against the picture of the perfect family. I don’t believe that my mind had any concept of that being the case but there are two types of people those that hide their scars on the inside and those that constantly put them in your face. In my rebellious part of life I was most definitely an in your face kind of person and I stayed that way until I started to go to church. Don’t get me wrong God changed my entire thought process and my language, life style, and behavior all cleaned up because I was different but somehow along the way that picture of the perfect family became reinforced by the church. I have spent years trying to make my own children and even now my grandsons conform into that picture so we have the appearance of godliness. That is the easiest tool that the enemy uses against us because it takes the beauty of God’s work and hides it under the “filthy rags” of my work. This is the beginning of the generational sin that I need God to destroy, My family, my relationships with others, my friendships with my neighbors, and mostly my own life should be lived out loud with a true picture of who we each are and where God is in our lives. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God”, but He gave” gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will”. I can’t walk in the middle I can be the person I want people to see or I can be the person God wants people to see, again He awaits my choice.