We must pay more careful attention therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.
My oldest daughter loves her drama class. She enjoys the spotlight, developing her character, and entertaining the audience. One of the most important lessons she has learned in drama class is to pay careful attention to the vision the director is trying to achieve from the cast. If one fails to pay attention then the whole production could go wrong. In essence, many are affected, cues for lines are missed, timing is all wrong and the mood the director is trying to achieve is blurred. Paying attention is critical to the overall success of the play.
Not only is paying attention important in drama but also in our Christian walk. It requires focus with our mind, our body, and our heart. God wants us to be ready to carry out His instructions. In James 2:22 it says, Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
The key in that verse is do. God does not want us to be great hearers of His Word but doers. Putting His Words into practice takes discipline, focus, and commitment. Paul encourages believers...Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me--put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you (Philippians 4:9).
I love the feeling of having God’s perfect peace in my life. When I align His truths with my daily walk, then I am in fellowship with God and I become a “good student” of His Word.
He is the ultimate director of my life and I want to do what pleases Him.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Help me to have the discipline and focus to apply Your Word to my life.