A few weeks ago I was traveling down the freeway toward Dallas and encountered an incredible sight… A late model Mercedes (couldn’t have been more than a couple years old) clearly in bad shape. The car was being driven by a young lady and it was smoking out the tail pipe badly. In fact, she was having difficulty getting any momentum and acceleration from the vehicle. That’s right, a Mercedes! Now a Mercedes is a very nice car! I thought to myself, someone has seriously neglected caring for that vehicle – they have not changed the oil, paid attention to warning lights, or taken it in for regular checkups and service! It’s tragic to spend a lot of money on a vehicle like that and then neglect it! Given the state of affairs, that young lady was headed for trouble and that vehicle was headed for a very big shop expense.
Neglect! … That was the topic of my Bible reading this morning – not the neglect of a vehicle, but the neglect of a person’s salvation! Here’s what the Message paraphrase of Scripture says…
“It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we’ve heard so that we don’t drift off. If the old message delivered by the angels was valid and nobody got away with anything, do you think we can risk NEGLECTING this latest message, this magnificent salvation? First of all, it was delivered in person by the Master, then accurately passed on to us by those who heard it from him. All the while God was validating it with gifts through the Holy Spirit, all sorts of signs and miracles, as he saw fit.” (Hebrews 2:1-4 The Message)
Salvation cost a great deal! Jesus paid the price for our salvation with the sacrifice of His life – His death on the cross for our sins! He purchased forgiveness, righteousness and eternal life for us! What we’ve been given as a free gift is incredibly valuable! Apostle Paul exclaimed, “Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15) We dare not NEGLECT what we’ve been given! If we do, we do it at great personal loss!