“Therefore, we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.”
Hebrews 2:1 KJV
Have you seen a believer who used to be vibrant suddenly go cold? Did you wonder what happened to them? How can someone be fervent at one point and lukewarm at the other? Brethren, these are results of spiritual complacency.
Spiritual complacency is when a believer begins to lose passion for the things of God. It is so common in the faith that many fall into it without realizing it, yet it is a vital sign that something is wrong and should not be taken lightly. (Colossians 4:17)
In our natural lives, we tend to get familiar with the things we do often. For example, it is difficult to compare an adult who has been walking most of their life to a baby who is learning to walk. The former is familiar with the activity and does not experience the joy the latter would.
In the same way, it is possible to get so familiar with the gospel that it no longer moves you. Many believers mistake this for maturity and this is not so. Hearing the gospel of grace should always make you rejoice!
So, what do you do if you find yourself in this situation? Let’s take a look at our anchor text. The writer lets us in on the secret to keeping fervour. He says we should give more earnest heed to the things we have heard. The Greek words translated “give the more earnest heed” mean to pay attention more abundantly and more frequently.
“To pay attention more abundantly” means to immerse yourself into your devotion. This means that nothing should matter more to you than your spiritual exercises. (Joshua 1:8, Colossians 3:16)
“To pay attention more frequently” means to give yourself to it time and again. I have often said it is better to pray for 30 minutes daily than to pray for six hours once a week.
Do a self-check today. Examine your priorities and begin to interest yourself in the things of God. Take advantage of platforms created to help sustain your fervour. Listen to sermons over and over again. Have discussions with friends on what you learnt.
Dear believer, remember your character is not built by what you know. Rather, it is a result of what you consistently give yourself to. (2 Peter 1:5-9)
Bible Reading Plan:
Mark 11:12-26, 2 Corinthians 5, Psalm 100, 1 Samuel 14.