Today’s Scripture: How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; Hebrews 2:3

There is a story told about Pearl Harbor that goes along these lines.

Prior to December 7, 1941, American Intelligence had been receiving and intercepting coded Japanese messages about an impending attack on the United States. These warnings were deciphered and passed on to those in charge. Early in the morning on December 7th, a telegram came from Washington D.C. to the commanding officer at Pearl Harbor. The person on duty that received the telegram did not want to wake up the commanding officer who was sound asleep, so he let him sleep and figured he could read it later. If this message had been opened, several lives would have been saved. The Japanese surprised and attacked Pearl Harbor killing over 2,400 people.

When we plant seeds of neglect, they will always sprout into blooms of disaster. We can see the foolishness of an officer neglecting a message. However, you and I are in danger of neglecting an even greater message. We’re in danger of neglecting the message that Christ has clearly sent forth in His Word.

The Philippian jailer asked, “What must I do to be saved?” and Paul and Silas replied, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” We know the answer to how to be saved, but have we ever considered the question, “What do we have to do to go to hell forever?” Do nothing! Neglect the message of God’s love in sending His only begotten Son to pay the penalty for our sin. Put it off. Say, “Tomorrow, I will look into it.”

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:18

On a side note, consider the question, “What do we have to do to drift in our Christian life?” The answer to this question is “absolutely nothing.” Neglect is always disastrous.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.