Hebrews 12:25 – See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven.

An individual may consider himself a Christian for numerous reasons. One can have a thorough knowledge of the Scripture and be true in their beliefs of what the Scripture teaches. The directive of the writer of Hebrews, as stated in verse 25, is the real issue. “See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking.”

“God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world” (Hebrews 1:1-3). The study of the “Gospels” is vital to our growth and development. Jesus represented His Father in heaven perfectly. He never spoke from His own initiative, only what He heard His Father saying. It is important for every believer to evaluate their viewpoints and their actions against what Jesus taught and did.

The Holy Spirit has been given to every believer as “the Helper” of their “new life” in Christ. He is not given to help us develop our own ideas and lifestyle. He is given to lead us to the death of self and into the resurrected life of Christ. Our life in Christ is completely in the “Spirit,” lived out through our everyday natural life.

Simply stated, do we hear through our natural ears or through a spiritual ear? One can listen to a sermon and process with their natural mind, accepting or rejecting what was taught. On the other hand, the spiritual person will listen through the ear of their spirit in order to have the mind of Christ.  “He who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:15-16).

Our thought for today is: “See to it that you do not refuse He who is speaking.” Jesus spoke in His earthly ministry and gave us “the word of the Father.” He has given each believer the Holy Spirit who is commissioned to reveal God’s Word to us. We must choose to hear through the spirit rather than through our natural reasoning.

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe” (Ephesians 1:18-19). Paul’s concern for believers was that they would “know”. We can only truly know if we chose not to “refuse” the one speaking from heaven.

Father, I choose today, to hear Your Son who came from heaven and spoke. I know, that He then returned to heaven and continues to speak through Your life-giving Spirit. Give me ears to hear what the Spirit is saying today so I can obey.