I really want to meet the guy who write WARNING Tags – for all the stuff we really don’t need warning tags for. Here are a few of my favorite:

Liquid Plummer
Warning: Do not reuse the bottle to store beverages.

Windex
Do not spray in eyes.

Hair Coloring
Do not use as an ice cream topping.

Zantac 75
Do not take if allergic to zantac.

Matches
Caution: Contents may catch fire.

Chainsaw
Do not attempt to stop chain with hands.

Sears hairdryer:
Do not use while sleeping.

Cardboard windshield sun shade:
Warning: Do Not Drive With Sun Shield in Place.

Microwave Oven:
Do not use for drying pets.

The sad part is most of there were generated by actual events. Some of the warning labels are lawyer generated to stem any possible law suit however odd the use might be.

The author of the book of Hebrews, puts a WARNING Label in the second chapter of their book.

Hebrews 2:1-4 (NIV)
1 We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. 4God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

The writer is urging his readers to not forget or “drift away” from the message they have heard. The message was a very simple one.

John 3:16 (NIV)
16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

The message is the message of Salvation. While these WARNING verses from Hebrews have not made it to the Dumb Warning Labels list I think we often treat it that way.

There are many days I take my salvation for granted. I have been conducting a very unscientific study of student prayers for the last few months and I have come to the conclusion that we often take the most amazing thing that has ever happened in our life for granted. We are thankful for the food we eat, the friends we have, the new job, car, or passing grades, but we very seldom thank God for the great gift of salvation.

Before you think I am critical of Students I find the very same reaction in my own life. I do not often wake in the morning and say – What a wonder – I am saved! As I get older I do sometimes give thanks that I woke up… but this great gift that Paul calls a treasure. I think that was the understatement of the year!

2 Corinthians 4:6-8 (NIV)
6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;

Let’s take some time today to let the glow of this God given salvation shine out into our world. The writer to the Hebrews tell us what happens if we ignore or neglect this gift… we “drift away.”

< Craig McCourt

Life is WAY to short to waste the few ponders we have been given on stuff that is unimportant or worse yet, distracts us from what really matters. Lets use our time to GodPonder!