When you were a child growing up how did you know when something was really important? How did the important people in your life communicate that to you? Was it their tone of voice? Did they put their hand on your arm and establish contact with you? How did you know when you needed to pay very close attention?
Now that you’re an adult, how do you know when it’s important? When you’re reading a document, is it words all in “caps” or in bold print like: “NOTE THIS” or “IMPORTANT?” Is it much like when you were a child, a change in volume or tone of voice? Is it a threat you hear or consequences that are spelled out? What is it that gets your attention – what makes you heed what is being said?
The “Gospel” is an important message! In fact, it is a life-or-death matter! Our eternal destiny depends on whether or not we pay attention to it – whether or not we believe it and structure our lives around it! We cannot afford to ignore it, lose sight of its importance, or forget it! I don’t know what more God could have done to emphasize to us how vitally important it is! Here is what the inspired writer of Hebrews had to say about its importance…
“Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away! For if the message spoken through angels proved to be so firm that every violation or disobedience received its just penalty, HOW WILL WE ESCAPE IF WE NEGLECT SUCH A GREAT SALVATION? It was first communicated through the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard him, while God confirmed their witness with signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.” (Hebrews 2:1–4 the NET Bible)
So many messages in the world in which you and I live that are clamoring for a hearing! All kinds of techniques are used every day to capture our attention. Some messages are more important than others. The message of the gospel, however, is one proclamation I cannot afford to ignore! It’s critically important to me personally! It’s important to every member of my family! It’s important to each of my friends and neighbors and all the people I work with. In fact, it’s an essential message for every person on planet earth! I’m going to give it my focused attention! I never want to lose sight of it! And I’m going to do everything in my power to see that it is communicated by every effective means available to the whole wide world! Help me Lord!!!