Have you ever missed out on something important? What was the feeling? Probably frustration, regret and the like. In my house, it happens a lot. When I am doing something, the kids go quiet, and there I discover that they’ve done something unlikely. Other times even when I am watching them, I blink, and something happens, like THIS.
I have heard people (including myself) say “I don’t know how it happened, it was not my intention, I don’t know how I arrived here” (pertaining to an unlikely situation).
That is why the writer of Hebrews warns us, “Therefore we MUST PAY MUCH CLOSER ATTENTION to what we have heard, lest we DRIFT away from it.”
Pay much closer attention– as if paying close attention is not enough that it needs to be closer. It means that it is not only under your watch, you are also making every effort that it doesn’t slip away from your attention. It’s doubling your watchfulness. It means you are deliberate in examining and checking your thoughts, intentions, heart.
To what we have heard– which is salvation through Jesus Christ. Anything that does not agree with the Gospel is not the truth. We should then, by faith, live a life worthy of that great salvation.
Lest we drift away– “drift” means to be carried slowly. Previously, I encountered a book which discusses the principle of drifting and it says that for a drift to happen, it takes a tiny 1-degree drift to produce a 45-degree drift in the long run. It doesn’t need to start with a big turn to cause you to drift and shift along the way.
What are the little things that you’ve allowed in your life that can cause further drifting from your relationship with God?
Cheating in school, lying, dishonesty in finances, emotional attachment with the opposite sex aside from your husband, etc. Little compromises which do not seem to affect us will suddenly blow out into bigger proportions. Slowly BUT SURELY, sin causes us to drift away from our relationship with God. If indeed we are caught up in these little compromises, it is not too late to repent and leave a life of sin, and enter a genuine relationship with God. And though sin can be messy, Jesus has paved the way to restore us to the Father through His saving grace.
Titus 2:11,12 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.
We avoid drifting by paying much closer attention to Jesus. Let us fix our eyes upon Him who IS the foundation of salvation. Hebrews 12:2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of faith. In living a life then that honors God, we also keep watch over our integrity, character, values, emotions, responses and the like.