“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. – Matthew 23:23
Neglectful means to ignore—which means to disregard and to neglect and in a sense to scorn; overlook, to forget, to slight, to procrastinate, to stall, to defer, to temporize; to dawdle, hesitate, tarry. To be neglectful is to be evasive, to avoid, dodge, escape, and it means to be indifferent, disinterested, and to be insensible. The opposite is to acknowledge, remember, to hurry, hasten, to show concern. in other words: to eagerly care about something.
To neglect something never has a positive effect. If we neglect our garden, it soon becomes wide. If we neglect our health, we soon become sick. If we neglect our relationships, they soon fall apart.
We have seen some of what it means to be free in Christ, but we must be careful not to neglect this freedom. We must be careful not to become complacent in our relationship with God. One of the ways we can recognise this is if we begin to neglect our prayer and Bible study.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. – 1 John 5:14
We shouldn’t look at prayer as something we must do each day, but as something that we long to do. Through Jesus, we can now approach God as Father. We can approach Him with confidence. We know that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. Why is it then that we neglect such a privilege? We wake up too tired and too busy to pray. We neglect the wonderful invitation we have to spend time with our loving Heavenly Father.
Likewise, many will ask the question “How much of the Bible do I need to read each day?” Is a key verse in a devotional enough? A chapter? A few chapters? If this is your attitude, you are missing the point and neglecting fellowship with God through His Word.
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. – Psalm 1:1-2
Each time we pick up our Bible and read it, we have confidence that these are the very words of God. Let us not neglect the opportunity to listen to God speaking to us each and every day.
- What areas of your spiritual life have you been neglecting?
- What does neglection look like to you?
Father, thank You for the privilege of reading your Word and coming to You in prayer. Help me never to neglect my relationship with you. Thank You that you never neglect me and that you love me with an infinite love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.