Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him…” (Hebrews 2:1-3)
What parent has not said to a child, “Pay attention to what I’m saying!”? God is saying the same thing to us, His children. To “give the more earnest heed” not only means to pay attention, but to do so more abundantly. Be especially careful to listen to God’s word (“the things we have heard”). It is easy to negligent what we know God’s word says. There is real spiritual danger in not giving careful attention to the gospel of Christ. “Lest we drift away” warns of our spiritual demise if we “neglect so great a salvation” (Heb. 2:3). God does indeed punish sin. He did under the first covenant, and He will under the new covenant of Christ. Strengthen yourself today by giving abundant attention to the word of the Lord Jesus. Follow Him and remain steadfast in faith.