We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. Hebrews 2:1 (NIV)
You have my full attention. Why did you say that? What do you have on your mind? I want to pay careful attention to all that I have heard from you. I want to take every thought and word that I have heard and received from you deep into my heart and mind and life. Those are very good desires. I have more to say. I’m listening. I don’t want the busyness of life to distract or divert or dissipate me from coming to know and do your will. I don’t want sin or the cares of this life to cause me to wander off and drift away from you. I want to vibrantly and passionately live my life with and for you. I have no interest in partial efforts or half-hearted attempts to go and do what you ask of me. I want to be white hot for you and the life you have called me to live. I will hold nothing in reserve. I will make no retreats. I will have no regrets. I will go to wherever you guide me. I will do whatever you ask of me. Those are also very good desires. Yes, I know. These desires are not my own. These desires have not come from me. I can take no credit for having these desires in me. You have planted these desires deep into my heart and mind and life. It makes me glad that you know this to be true. It makes me glad as well. Why is that? I know you to be a giver and granter of desires. These desires you have placed in me are ones that you will fulfill in me. You will make me faithful. You will help me to be fruitful. You will keep me moving forward with you. You will fan the flame of my desire for you. Yes, I will do all these things for you.
I do have a question for you. I’m listening. What are you hearing from me? You want me to draw near and go deep with you. You want me to draw near to you in your word, in worship and in prayer. You want me to be still before you so that I can hear from you. You want me to be attentive to everything you have to say to me. Yes, I do. Do this and you will never wander off or drift away from me. Do this and my desires for you will be fulfilled in and through you. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I will pay careful attention to what I have heard from you. I will put into practice all that you have taught me. I will live the life you have called me to live. I won’t be distracted, diverted, or dissipated. I will do what you ask as I love, follow and serve you. Amen
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