The Lingering Danger


“So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard Him speak?”  — Hebrews 2:3



I am astounded when I read about the destructive force of the missiles we have as a part of our nation’s defenses. The experts say that these missiles have a destructive capability 50 times greater than those atomic bombs used in World War II.



However, all the dangerous devices of man put together cannot equal the danger of what is found in Hebrews 2:3. This great danger is neglect. Neglect is what I call the “lingering” danger. Monarchs have lost kingdoms, the wealthy have lost fortunes, free men have lost their liberty, family men have lost their wives and children and foolish men have lost their souls because of their neglect.



How does this dangerous thing take place? Neglect may come through carelessness. When we are confronted with the claims of Jesus Christ many carelessly dismiss them as unimportant or insignificant. In reality, to turn your back on Jesus Christ as your only hope for salvation is to sign your eternal death warrant.



Jesus Christ is man’s only hope for this life and the life to come. He said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except by me.”



Neglect may come through casualness. What do I mean by that? Many today have become so familiar with the story of the Gospel that when they hear it they treat it with a casualness which lulls one to sleep.



I am amazed today how anyone can sleep through the greatest story that has ever been told! To many, though, the Gospel of salvation has become a casual, commonplace thing which leads to neglect and to eternal separation from God.



Finally, neglect is developed in an individual through callousness. Many today have heard and rejected the Gospel so many times until now their hearts are insensitive to the Spirit of God’s convicting power. When a person’s heart becomes callous, neglect becomes and easy thing. To reject is to neglect.



Do not fall prey to this lingering danger of neglect.


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