Neglect can creep up on us. Spiritual neglect is the neglect of soul, of salvation. Let us guard against it. This is too important – so great salvation! Don’t forget God. Remedy the neglect of your spiritual health. A plea for personal revival. Seek the Lord.
Can You Name Me?
I never was guilty of wrong action but on my account lives have been lost, trains have been wrecked, ships have gone down at sea, cities have burned, battles have been lost and governments have failed.
I never struck a blow nor spoke an unkind word, but because of me homes have been broken up, friends have grown cold, the laughter of children has ceased, wives have shed bitter tears, brothers and sisters have forgotten, and fathers and mothers have gone broken-hearted to their graves.
I have intended no evil. But because of me talent and genius have come to naught, courtesy and kindness have failed, and the promise of success and happiness has yielded sorrow and disaster.
I produce nothing but grief and disaster.
You may not recognise who I am, but surely you are personally acquainted with me.
I am Neglect.
—T. M. Olson (Adapted)
Webster’s Dictionary says it means:
- To disregard
- To omit to notice
- To slight
- To be remiss in attending to; fail to do, to care for, etc.
It’s when we overlook something.
It is a failure to act.
When you neglect something it can cause great loss and disappointment.
People can neglect a plant – and fail to water and nourish it… It’s not like a pet dog who will nudge us and get our attention. A neglected plant can just die…
Neglect is everywhere.
People neglect the welfare of children – and they are malnourished – and even die. It’s child abuse.
People can neglect elders. And they waste away uncared for.
People neglect their car and it can corrode and rust away to its ruin.
People can neglect their spouses and they lose a marriage.
People can neglect their friendships and they can end up alone.
Some people neglect because they are too busy…
What about spiritually?
Some people get too busy for God.
People can neglect to pray and their relationship with God fades.
People can let their Bibles sit and get covered by dust and they lose hope. They can neglect to put the truth into action in their lives.
If we neglect the Bible we will be spiritually malnourished…
Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only.
This Book is not meant to sit on the shelf, unheeded, neglected…
But rather we must heed it, and act upon its message… And let it nourish and feed us…
…we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things, which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip…
We can let things slip spiritually.
We can drift. Like a boat without anchor.
What of SALVATION?
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation…
Some people neglect salvation.
They disregard it.
They pay no attention to it.
They miss eternal life because of neglect.
For some, they do not come to the realisation in time.
It’s as if they would gain the whole world, and yet lose their own soul.
Consider… the Consequences of Neglect…
In a certain asylum there is a white-haired man who has been an inmate for twenty-five years.
He spends his days repeating these words, “Too late, too late!”
During one of the visiting days at the institution, these strange words attracted the attention of one of the visitors. When the attendant of the ward was asked about the history of the man, this was the story:
Years ago, the poor fellow had been the keeper of the signal station on one of the great eastern railroads.
One day he forgot to give the right of way to one of the fast trains. Seeing some beautiful flowers growing along the highway nearby he went to pick them.
While engaged in this pleasant task, the train was heard approaching in the distance. On and on it came with rapid pace.
Suddenly he realized that the train did not have the right of way. He tried in vain to correct his mistake, but it was too late!
“Too late, too late!” he cried in anguish, as he covered his eyes as the helpless passengers were carried to a speedy death.
How little we realize the destruction caused by human neglect!
It is a tragic thing to neglect something that is important.
It can be easy to take things for granted and neglect them.
This is why good churches close down. People take them for granted. Meetings close down because people are haphazard and neglect to fellowship.
Are we neglecting what’s important?
What about neglecting God?
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation…
To neglect salvation means peril.
It means eternal loss.
So great salvation.
It is great, indeed…
Great provision has been made.
It was made available as a great price was paid for it. The precious blood of Jesus.
A great pardon is extended.
The Captain of our salvation is truly great.
He is the author and finisher of it.
In contrast to it we face great judgment.
To neglect it is to not realise the true value of it.
Salvation is so great… Because it is…
The gift of God.
Salvation is the one thing that every person needs more than anything else.
It is so great salvation because of the one who offers it to you.
The message is clear.
…we ought to give the more earnest heed…
This truth is too important to neglect:
Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him when He is near.
For some people, they have a passing interest in things religious.
But then they forget God.
Other things crowd in and take His place.
It can happen, bit, by bit…
There was a cleaning woman in Saint Louis in 1984, who noticed a few bees buzzing around the attic of her home.
Since there were only a few, she made no effort to deal with them. Over the summer the bees continued to fly in and out the attic vent while the woman remained unconcerned, unaware of the growing city of bees.
The whole attic became a hive, and the ceiling of the second- floor bedroom finally caved in under the weight of hundreds of pounds of honey and thousands of angry bees.
While the woman escaped serious injury, she was unable to repair the damage of her accumulated neglect.
– Robert T. Wenz.
Neglect can creep up on us.
And we may not realise it till too late.
Neglect is a canker; it destroys homes and bridges; ruins farms and health; breaks up families and eats away love.
It’s like a field overgrown with weeds and out of control. They did not grow overnight, but we just let it go, day after day…
(30) I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
(31) And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.
Sometimes we can get like this lazy fool who neglected his field. What of our spiritual life?
Neglect can appear in the forms of forgetfulness, slothfulness, and procrastination – putting things off. I will get around to it one day, some will say.
Neglect wrecks trains, brings cities down in ashes, and leaves widows and orphans without provision. It is disastrous.
Planes crash because of neglect and carelessness, where someone missed something, seemingly insignificant, yet it was important.
Neglect can bring on bankruptcy, and tragedy.
Some neglect their health and they pay heavily for it.
What about your spiritual health?
The health of your soul.
Neglect can damn a man’s soul.
Many will have everlasting grief at judgment day because of the neglect of their soul.
And even for Christians, though saved, they may have regret.
We read of some, ashamed before Him at His coming. They wasted their talents, their time, their lives… Other loves took the Lord’s place in their heart.
Don’t neglect to fellowship, or neglect to worship, on the Lord’s Day…
(24) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
(25) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Don’t neglect to assemble with God’s people.
Neglect… it is a serious matter. It…
- Brings about ruin.
- A house that sits for years without habitation crumbles and falls down.
- A field that is not ploughed or tended to becomes a wasteland.
- A road that is not travelled upon becomes useless.
- Sometimes doing nothing causes great destruction.
What about spiritually?
We also can neglect our duty… Our calling…
1 Timothy 4:13-14
(13) Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
(14) Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
Neglect not the gift that God has given you… Employ your gift, apply your talent… Undertake the ministry God has put on your heart to do.
Avoid… sliding into…
Keep yourself spiritually aflame.
Seek God for His unction, for His enabling power.
Seek the Lord.
May we work on our personal relationship with God.
Draw nigh to God.
We have a duty.
Let us not neglect our duty.
It amazes me how little it takes for Christians to be put off or offended. That is the devil’s delight. There are too many thin-skinned Christians.
Press on regardless.
And may the difficulties make you ever stronger.
God is doing a work.
As someone expressed it: “Character is that something built into a man by the Holy Ghost through faithfulness to the Word of God, and obeying its commands.”
In these days alike to the Days of Noah… there are many forces at work… that are contrary to a Biblical worldview. You can expect rampant opposition and disappointments.
We must not lessen our resolve, but rather strengthen it.
Dare we neglect so great salvation…
We need to be exhorted and stirred.
We need a Restoration of Scriptural devotion and worship…
What if we do not heed?
How shall we escape?
As it has been truly said, “One out of one people die.”
There is no escaping death.
There is no escaping judgment.
And there will be no escape from hell.
There is no Fire Exit in Hell.
Many will go to hell because they have neglected the many warnings. They have driven through the Stop signs – the wrong way, go back signs. The danger – bridge out ahead signs. And unheeding, they plunge to their everlasting destruction.
I pray we will fully realise the problem of neglect. And do something about it.
Years ago, a man accidentally backed his truck over his 4-year old daughter, killing her.
This tragic accident was caused by neglect. He had been careless.
The funeral was heart-wrenching to watch as the man’s agony was on full-display as he cried over the precious life that was lost.
The man was lost, and he had rejected the opportunity to accept salvation.
After the funeral the man cried to the pastor, “There could be no greater neglect than what I did to my baby.”
The pastor replied, “No sir, you’re wrong. Your own soul is in peril if you continue to run from the free gift of salvation Christ has offered you.”
How shall we escape…?