“For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?”
– Hebrews 2:2-3
The word neglect means to not pay proper attention to, or to disregard something. Some people don’t out right reject God’s word, but they are just as guilty because they don’t pay proper attention to it as they should. The bible says, “how shall [these people who neglect God] escape [God’s wrath]?” Pretty scary. I think a lot of people think they are okay because they believe in God. But that’s not true. The bible says that even the demons believe in God – and tremble! So just believing in God doesn’t make you any better than a demon!
The bible says that not all of those who cry out, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only those that do the will of the Father in Heaven (Mt 7:21). If you think that you are OK because you said a prayer and walked the aisle at church then you are mistaken. If you’re heart isn’t changed to the point of where you have the desire to follow God’s will for your life than something is wrong. Don’t get me wrong, doing things for God is not going to save you. You are only saved by God’s grace. But doing God’s will is evidence that you are saved. If you aren’t wanting to live for God, I may question whether you are really saved or not.
Many people neglect God and go about their own business. This is not a good idea. Always remember that God’s eyes run to and fro across the earth and nothing is hidden from His sight. Everything we say and do, we are going to have to explain one day before God. And your excuses aren’t going to work: “But I couldn’t go to church because I have football practice, or cheerleading, or whatever.” God is not impressed with those excuses.
Don’t neglect God. Even if your church isn’t the best or even if you don’t have the spiritual leadership that you think you should have, serve God. Pray for your leaders. Don’t use them as an excuse for your sins. You need to seek God on your own. They’ll answer to God for their lives, and you’ll have to answer for yours.