For those of us following a one-year Bible-reading program, we have just two days to go to finish (today is Dec. 30)! On a chronological program, just Rev. 12 to 22 to finish reading the Bible cover to cover!
Several times during the year, I’d get two or three days behind and have to read about 10 chapters to catch up. Man, what am I doing neglecting my daily Bible study! It always makes me think of Heb. 2:3. Curry, what are you doing neglecting so great a salvation!
We must not neglect using the
Five spiritual tools in our Christian toolbox:
Bible study—do regularly each day. Give God your best time. Put God first in all aspects of your life if you care enough to control the “cares of this world” (Matt. 13:22). We must eat our daily bread (Matt. 4:4).
Prayer—Enhances if you combine with Bible study. Ask God for understanding of what you will study and commit to putting it into practice (Psa. 111:10). So few realize this key principle of the Bible: When you understand God wants you to do something, you must obediently begin doing it to really come to understand! And the corollary: If you stop doing something you once faithfully did and understood, in time you will forget everything.
Talk to God in prayer and He talks back to you from His Word. If not sure where to turn in the Bible, no need to stall in frustration: if it’s the 30th of the month, read Psalm 30—and way to go!—even 60, 90, 120 and 150. Do that pattern each day and you’ll read all the Psalms each month!
Give God thanks for a new day as you’re waking up in bed. End your day with prayer and you’ll likely sleep better because God gives to His beloved sleep (Psa. 127:2), probably much better than melatonin. Paul tells us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thes. 5:17)—being in an attitude of prayer all day long. But two of God’s greatest servants—David and Daniel—set the example of praying three times a day (Psa. 55:17, Dan. 6:10).
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Fasting—If there is a power tool, this is it! Some things “come out by nothing but prayer and fasting” (Mark 9:29). Jesus said “when you fast” but didn’t say when. Fasting is commanded only once a year on the Day of Atonement. After 48 years in the Church of God, the consensus from ministers and faithful brethren was that a good guideline is: once a month. An ideal formula is one hour prayer, one hour Bible study, one hour meditation—repeat. But don’t ever become robotic or clock-bound in place of being a child of God sharing precious time with your Father and Older Brother!
Meditation—This is not chants, mantras, or twirling beads. This is focused thinking about spiritual matters or a Bible topic. David said he meditated “all the day” on God’s law—obviously not about how it was supposedly done away! (Psa. 119:97)—and about God’s majesty and wondrous works (Psa. 145:5).
Regular fellowship—“Let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25 New Living Translation).
Sorry, the Bible does not support “I hate organized religion!” There might be valid reasons why you have to stay home such as health, but church services via the Internet cannot remotely compare with fellowshipping together in person.
And God expects more of us than to just show up and warm a seat. “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works” (v. 24). Ask God to guide who you talk to and inspire you to say what they need.
When I think about not neglecting so great a salvation
I think first about making sure to use these five tools in our Christian toolbox “left we drift away” (Heb. 2:1).
When I was about 10 years old, at Blue Lakes north of Las Animas, Colorado, floating in an inner tube safely near shore, suddenly the wind came up and I just drifted farther and farther from shore! I knew how to swim but I was afraid of deep water. My double-minded paralysis left me drifting out to waves getting bigger every second! My Dad rescued me, roaring out to me in our power boat, plucking me from the inner tube and reminding me of how God the Father rescues us!
“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it”—George Orwell. Drifting is one of the
Seven Ds in Hebrews
The other six are departing (3:12); diligent (4:11); dull of hearing (5:11); despising truth (10:26); draws back (10:38); and discouraged (12:5).
It’s thrilling in our Bible study
With Heb. 2:3 I always focused on the part about not neglecting. But in part two we’ll see that the emphasis should be on: SO GREAT A SALVATION!
You won’t have so much trouble fighting not to neglect so great a salvation if you see what a great salvation is offered you!