Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.…
I. THE GREAT THINGS WE HAVE HEARD. There are no words of s profound moment as the truths of the gospel. They warn of hell, they welcome to heaven; they take from eternity its terror, and use it to measure their benefit.
II. THE EASY PERIL OF THEIR LOSS. NO better word for easy getting away than " slip." "He gave the officers the slip." "His foot slipped, and he sustained a fatal fall." "The whole company of travellers suddenly slipped into the deceptive, snow-filled precipice." "The hour slipped away so rapidly in easy conversation, that I missed my train and lost the opportunity of a lifetime." "While shipwrecked on a desert island, we saw a vessel. Supposing it was coming directly to us we went away after our treasure, and quickly returning, found it had slipped away far past the hearing of our wild outcries." We read every day sentences like the above. How easily are the most valuable things in this world's life lost by reason of neglect!
III. THE INTENSE ATTENTION DEMANDED. It is wonderful that we can see every day the utmost pains taken to keep earth's valuables from slipping away, and can yet treat the pearl of great price so recklessly! We see the careful cooper tightening his casks; the miner watching his ores as they pass the smelting furnace; the farmer in his cultivation; the vigilant policeman; the anxious physician; the scholar strengthening his memory so as to keep knowledge from slipping away. And yet we "cram" for the great "examination" of eternity.
(C. M. Jones.)
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