THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
“Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.”
Hebrews 3:12 ESV
A HEART TO LISTEN SEES
According to Jeff Foxworthy, You Might Be A Nascar Redneck if: • Your favorite NASCAR souvenir was a direct result of a crash in turn three….• You can remember every NASCAR driver and their car number but you can’t remember how old your children are… • You can change a tire faster than you can change a diaper….• You’ve spent more time on the top of a Winnebago than in one….• You think the last 4 words of the National Anthem are “Gentleman start your engines” • You pull into the gas station behind someone else just to see if you can beat them out. This of course would require your wife to clean the windshield and your son to check the tires.
Those of you who are serious racing fans know that one of the most important jobs on a racing team is the job of the spotter. Typically, the spotter sits high above the track and looks for potential threats to the team driver and car. It’s their job to radio the driver and warn him of the danger. Hebrews 3:12 starts with “Take care.” “Take care” means to perceive with your eyes. It’s the warning to be on the lookout for signs that someone has an unbelieving heart that is going to lead them away from God.
True believers can have some elements of unbelief in their heart but do not have an unbelieving heart, which describes a person who is not a Christian. The evil and unbelieving heart is the reason they fall away. They are not genuine believers. This is a very challenging teaching and a reminder that sometimes our ongoing sin struggle may be connected to the fact that we have never genuinely placed our faith in Jesus. It is possible to grow up very religious but to have never placed saving faith in Jesus. The best thing we can do is to recognize that unbelief and to repent and place our faith in Jesus.
Can you think back to the time when you personally placed your faith in Jesus to forgive your sins and save your soul? If not, do it today. You can talk to God right now and settle that with Him today.