Inspired by Hebrews 2:1-4
“Therefore we must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.” Hebrews 2:1 (NRSV)
Words have meaning, meaning inspires action, and actions have consequences. The words we hear and pay attention to help shape who we are and how we view the world. How we view the world determines how we interact with it, and how we interact with it largely determines how it interacts with us, including the events we experience, the people we encounter, and the words they say. We hear their words, are shaped by them, and the circle continues.
We have the words of the Law and the Prophets. We have the story of how our loving God has created and interacted with his people since the beginning of time. We’ve encountered the Word who was in the beginning with God, who was God, and who became flesh and lived among us. This Word has meaning, and, if we pay attention to it, it can help shape who we are and how we view the world.
But there are many other words being spoken: words of anger, bitterness, jealousy, greed, selfishness, and blame. These words have meaning, too, and can also help shape who we are and how we view the world. These words are always being spread, fed, and renewed.
There are too many words in the world to pay attention to all of them. The ones we pay attention to, the ones that have greater meaning for us, will determine who we are and the world we live in. Which words would you rather have shape your world? Words of hate, or the Word of God?
Let us pray. God of the ages, your Word is the source of life and love. Help us to pay attention to your Word above all others, that we may help shape the world according to your grace and love. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.