by Steve Wagers

A Slip of the Grip
Steve Wagers
Hebrews 2:1-3


In the city of St. Louis, in 1984, an unemployed cleaning woman made national headlines. Her fame resulted from an incident that happened in her home concerning bees. She had noticed a few bees buzzing around her attic; however, since there were only a few, she made no effort to deal with them. Over the summer the bees continued to fly in and out the attic vent while she remained unconcerned, and thus, totally unaware of the growing number of bees. In a few weeks, the whole attic had become a bee hive, and the ceiling of the second-floor bedroom finally caved in under the weight of hundreds of pounds of honey, and thousands of angry bees. While the woman escaped serious injury, she was unable to repair the damage to her home. All a result of her carelessness, and her accumulated neglect. 1

In much the same way, we often times treat our Christian life with the same attitude. We become involved, and busy with various things, and as a result, we begin to neglect the vital, and important things that are necessary for us to stay on the cutting edge of our Christian life. Simply put, we tend to suffer from a spiritual "Slip Of The Grip!"

Neglect is often the root cause to many of our spiritual problems. Dr. George W. Truett said of this, "Our whole world is a battlefield covered with wrecks occasioned by neglect." The great preacher, A.W. Tozer said, "The untended garden will soon be overrun with weeds; the heart that fails to cultivate truth and root our error will shortly be a theological wilderness." 2 You see, when we begin to slip in our prayer time, our Bible study time, our worship, we find that the spiritual direction of our lives is negative instead of positive.

In our text, we are reminded, and remanded in regards to this area of our Christian life. Here we are given the first of 5 warnings in the book of Hebrews. They are like parenthesis or inter ...

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