Spiritual Drift

May 25, 2020

Read

Hebrews 2:1, “So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.”

James 1:22, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

Think

Drifting aimlessly down a slow-moving river draped across an inner tube is a great way to spend a summer day, but it’s not a good practice for our spiritual life. No one drifts into godliness, but we can easily float in the opposite direction. In truth, floating Christ-followers will inevitably drift off course. Lulled by the slow, steady pull, their faith condition goes unnoticed as they drift farther and farther away from what really matters. They allow the waves of the world, the seas of society, and the currents of culture to carry them away from the things of God.

What has become your inner tube of choice? Shady social media? Crude entertainment? Fishy friends? Harmful habits?

God’s word tells us to pay careful attention to the truths we have heard so that we will not spiritually drift. In other words, the antidote to spiritual drifting is alertness to learning God’s truth and intentionality to make it an active part of our lives. So, be a doer of God’s word, not just a listener. Be a lively swimmer, not a lazy floater!

Act

Recall a spiritual truth you have recently learned. Ask yourself how that truth can be applied to your life. Commit to putting that application into action for the following month. Remember, to build a spiritual habit requires practice.

Pray

Dear God, I do not want to drift spiritually. Show me the ineffective “inner tubes” that I’m using to float lazily down the river of life. I choose to get off these faulty flotation devices and, instead, become an active swimmer, applying what You are teaching me. Amen.