“Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.” Hebrews 2:1
Would it surprise you to know that Harvard University began as a school to equip ministers to share the gospel of Jesus Christ? Yes, Harvard University! Their founding mission statement clearly stated this fact: “To be plainly instructed and consider well that the main end of your life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ.”
Same thing with Princeton University. Their crest, until pretty recently, said in Latin, “Under God She Flourishes” with the backdrop of an open Bible.
Today, these and many other institutions are a far cry from their founding purposes. So what happened? Well I can tell you this, it didn’t happen overnight! Moral failure is rarely the result of a big blowout. It’s more of a slow leak that happens over a long period of time. A compromise here, a concession there. Sometimes we grow weary and become lazy; we’re too drained to fight and resist. We choose the easy road, the path of least resistance. In an article that I read years ago, the anonymous author said these ominous words, may these words serve as a warning to each of us…
“Look at how silent and unnoticed the pull of drift is. If it disturbed us if it jarred or jolted us, if it drew attention to itself, this might be enough to put us on our guard. But, look! No such warning signal is ever given. No alarm bell is ever sounded. We drift away softly and silently, like a ship floating down the tide. The life of drift is a pathetically easy course to follow. It takes no output of energy to float down a stream, or to be carried forward on the crest of a running tide. All that’s necessary for a life of drift is to relax, to do nothing, to cease struggling & to submit to the worldly influences within us and around us!”
In Revelation, Jesus told the church in Ephesus, that though they were doing some great things for His Kingdom (Revelation 2:2), they had sadly drifted from Him, their first love…
But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Revelation 2:4
The reality is that none of us naturally drift toward Christ. Our flesh will always work against us in this holy pursuit. We can’t earn our salvation, but once we have it, through faith in Christ, we must work it out! Paul said in Philippians that we each need to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12
Through your actions today, you will either drift closer to God or further from Him. Your choice. Neglect of daily Scripture intake and study, neglect of prayer & accountability with trusted believers who will encourage you in one breath and lovingly call you out in the next, can, over time, result in spiritual catastrophe. Which road are you on? You can, through the Holy Spirit, change that today!
I’m grateful that when I fall, His grace covers me. At the end of the day, it’s not all about my faithfulness to God, it’s about His unlimited and certainly unmerited grace and faithfulness toward us!
Keep Fighting The Good Fight,