See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. Hebrews 3:12
All over the world some people are willing to put their hearts into something that they believe in. It is what gives the athlete the ability to win the gold medal. He is focused on one thing and keeps at it, never allowing his heart to move to something else.
Others, however, do not stay as focused. There is constant change as to what they are focused on, constantly turning away from something to go to something else.
The author warns the people to make sure that none of them have a sinful heart that turns away from God.
The church is filled with many people who, at some point, chose to believe in Jesus and follow God. At the same time, there are many of those people who have also chosen to step into sin and allow their heart to be turned away from God. Some continue in the church and others have left the church completely.
Leaving God does not always happen quickly. It is often a slow change over time. One decides to start dabbling with some sinful activity, thinking it is fun and acceptable. Later he goes into more and deeper sins, pulling his heart further from God, until at last he walks completely away from God.
Staying on path with God, requires that one keeps his heart focused upon God. He does not allow the distractions and sins of this world to pull him off course, but stays in the center of God’s world, drawing closer and closer to God everyday.
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. One will only continue to believe as long as he stays in God’s word and obeys it.
Take a look at your life, if you have chosen to be a believer at some point. Is your life still focused upon God? Or have you allowed sin to creep in and take over, pulling you away from God.
Make time daily, even multiple times daily, to refocus upon God and His word. Do not allow sin and the pleasures of this world to rule your life and turn your heart away from God.
Keep running the race in faith that God has called you to run and don’t give in.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will keep your heart focused on God and His word; that God will strengthen you to reject all sin in your life; and that your faith in God will grow stronger each day.