High Alert

It’s not unheard of for a Christian to abandon a wholehearted pursuit of Christ and return to a more familiar and easy way of life. Can a Christian do that? Sadly, yes. The book of Hebrews is written to warn Christians not to drift away from Christ. Instead, we can anticipate great reward for following Jesus. But we face serious consequences for neglecting our connection with our Savior. It makes so much sense for us to live on high alert—to be aware of the threats we encounter as we fix our eyes on Jesus!


Avoiding Willful Defiance

Even Christians can behave badly. And the Bible acknowledges that a believer can walk away from Jesus all together. To treat God with this kind of contempt is a terrible act of defiance. In the fourth of five warnings in the book of Hebrews, the author tells us about the dangers of willful sin and the consequences we can expect. We must diligently seek to draw near to God to prevent our turning away.

The Danger of Falling Away

Salvation is guaranteed the moment one believes Jesus for it. But becoming a Christian never guarantees that we’ll live like one. Spiritual maturity is not automatic. It requires diligent engagement with Jesus if we hope to change and grow.

Beware of Your Unbelief

Even Christians can be people of unbelief. Given tempting circumstances, we might cave under pressure and cease to follow God wholeheartedly.

Pay Careful Attention

Like other people, there’s a chance you have entertained thoughts about returning to an easier, more comfortable way of life—one that pushes God aside. When the pressure is on, even Christians can become disillusioned with following Jesus.