I want us to go back today to the beginning of chapter two and verse one. The author begins with the word “therefore.” Everything that comes after this word is based upon everything that came before.
To review quickly, in Hebrews chapter one it is revealed that Jesus, God’s Son, is the perfect expression of God to us in a way we can understand. Furthermore, Jesus is God the Creator, God our Savior and Sustainer, and even God the Master and Ruler of the universe. So, there is no one higher, greater, more powerful, or more capable for us to have helping us and assisting us through life than Jesus. If we embrace all that is said of Jesus in chapter one – which places Him at the highest rank and importance in the universe – then what follows in Hebrews 2:1 makes perfect sense.
The author says we “must” do something. It is not optional. It is an absolute necessity for our spiritual growth, health, and well-being. Not only the word “must,” but the entire phrase reminds us of taking personal responsibility for “paying attention.” If God is speaking to us through His Son Jesus, and if we believe Jesus holds the highest position in the universe, then the weight given to Him and the revelation or message we are receiving from Him demands our highest regard and most careful consideration.
Please note that God’s revelation commands a response – ALWAYS. The question is never about making a response, but whether our response to God’s messages to us will be positive or negative. Obviously, no response to God is a response, a clear negative response. We, therefore, must ask ourselves, especially when going through adverse circumstances, if we are responding positively and appropriately to the voice of God in our lives.
It’s never the issue that God is not speaking, but rather are we listening and following. Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). One way this concept of Hebrews 2:1 could be paraphrased is to never take your eyes off God or close your ears to His voice. First and foremost, out of all the other people and things we pay attention to in this life, we must give our attention to God above all else. This isn’t something we do occasionally or periodically, but continuously. We may know how to drive a car but if we don’t pay attention fully while we are driving, we and others can suffer tragically due to simply a lack of attention. This same deadly reality can play itself out spiritually as well. Without careful regard and constant attention to God, we will find ourselves adrift in an unstable sea.
Let’s give God our full attention in these difficult days and remember who He is.