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01/07/16 ~ Midweek Meditation: First Steps

"Therefore, we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it." Hebrews 2:1

No one sets out the new day with a plan to drift. Right? We generally don’t wake up and declare to the world that this is the day where we will finally stop being intentional and purposeful and begin to float aimlessly on the random currents of life, spinning without direction from situation to situation, floating purposelessly, moving from whims to fleeting desires towards no particular destination. In fact, the idea of drift has a kind of built-in sense of something that goes on for a period of time undetected, gathers momentum, but somewhere along the line, becomes a dangerous and often devastating reality. As we heard on Sunday, the upshot of Hebrews 2 (and Hebrews 3 and 4, for that matter) is that drift over time can be fatal to our faith, that drift from God through inattention to his Word and prayer and the community of faith eventually leads to shipwreck and is something we should fight at all costs. On Sunday, we were challenged to step into 2016, paying much closer attention to what we have heard in the gospel truth about the world and Jesus, the Savior of the world.

Though it might sound a little counter-intuitive, I think it is important for our community at LBC to not get this year started “too fast”. If you have already determined the places where you drifted in 2015, have prayed through what the Lord has for you going forward, and have developed an intentional, accountable and vigilant plan for 2016, you should be thankful, indeed! However, for the vast majority of us, we are just now beginning to realize it’s January again, even as the rattle and hum of the “everyday” is beginning to drown out most everything else. For us, I’m suggesting we start by setting aside some time (measured in hours, not minutes) to consider and pray through what we experienced in 2015, where we need to “pay much more attention” in 2016, and then discuss and pray through this new year with others in our community. As individuals, couples and families, let’s make our first action step a process of reflection and conversation and prayer. Let’s reflect on some of the questions from Sunday. How do you plan to “pay much closer attention to what you’ve heard? What new priorities will you set? What things to be jettisoned from the schedule this year because it takes too much of our attention? What things will have less rights to your time, energy and finances in 2016? What new practices around the study, meditation and memorization of the Word will you be putting in to place? What changes will you make as to how you make decisions as a family? Discuss and then pray some big risky prayers for 2016! Ask the Lord to guide and provide for a 3D life that honors him in unprecedented ways in 2016. Ask him to help you, equip you and empower our church to step into 2016 with a renewed passion to live motivated by and for the gospel of Jesus Christ like never before.

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:23-25

Jeff Walser