THURSDAY, MAY 23
“Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.”
Hebrews 2:1 (ESV)
FLYING THE TRAPEZE: THE COASTER
Years ago, the AP released an article about Coronado High School in Colorado Springs. It was about a transfer student. She was a 17yr old girl named Storme Aerison. She was singing soprano in the choir, and had even made captain of the cheerleading squad, where she performed during at least one pep rally. This went on for 8 days, until some students reported Storme had stubble poking through her makeup. Turns out Storme was a 26 year old man running from the law. He was arrested, and they kicked him off the cheerleading squad. Obviously, someone was not initially paying close attention.
The author of Hebrews 2:1 says that Christians should pay close attention to what we have heard so that we don’t drift away from it. The numbers of students who drift in their faith and leave the church when they graduate is staggering. Many of us as adults can identify with seasons early in our life that we neglected some of the important truths we were taught growing up. Pastor Mike described seasons of coasting in life as those times that we neglect things that are important like our faith, integrity and God’s purpose for our lives.
Focusing is an essential discipline in the art of flying the trapeze. And focusing is an essential discipline in our Christian walk, especially in times of transition. Earlier this week we looked at Paul’s challenge in Philippians 3:13-14. Paul concluded his challenge by saying, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Here are a few questions to ask yourself: Why did God call me to salvation? What are God’s goals for my life? What does it mean for me to press toward those goals? Am I drifting?