Are You Drifting?

Billy Norris writes of a tragic event that resulted from drifting: two young men were fishing above a low
dam on a river near their home town. As they were concentrating on catching fish, they were unaware
that they had drifted until they were not far from the water flowing over the dam. When they realized their
situation, the current near the dam had become too powerful for them to keep their boat from going over.
Below the dam the water was dashing with strong force over great boarders and through crevices in
the rocks. Caught by the swirling waters under the rocks, they never came to the surface. After days of
relentless searching, the divers finally found one body, and then, two or three days later, the other.

In Hebrew 2:1-3 there is this warning “we must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have
heard, so that we do not drift away. For if the message spoken by angels was binding and every violation
and disobedience received it just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation”.
This warning is meant for Christians; remember you cannot neglect something you do not have. The
Hebrew Christians had the gospel yet many had neglected it (hence the warning) because of persecution,
some were even ready to go back to idol worship. To neglect salvation in the case of the believer is to
have it and be completely indifferent concerning fellowship, personal study of God’s Word, prayer and so
forth. It is the attitude: “I’m saved, that is enough, and I’m all right.” You are wrong!

Biblical truth is represented as being anchored. It will never change because it was given by a Person
who does not change. Since the Gospel will not change, then we are in danger if we ignore it through a
careless attitude of indifference, and we drift away to flow with the popular current operative in the world.
The word that was spoken through angels (both in the New and Old Testament) was secure (2:2); it
was never changed, or slipped from being grounded in fact. “Every transgression (doing what they were
not supposed to do) and “Disobedience” (failing to do what they were supposed to do) was punished
just as it had been stated. Then, how shall we escape what the Bible warns will be the outcome of our
transgression and disobedience? We can count on the unchanging God to keep His word. Salvation is
not a mere ticket to heaven in which we can live just anyway down here on earth, busy in our own things,
oblivious of the biblical instruction for our lives. Once you have the salvation you must “continue to work
out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his
good purpose” (Phil. 2: 12, 13). Without God’s help you won’t make it.

Drifting requires no effort; it is possible to drift unaware. Undercurrents are often unnoticed from the
surface; if we stop roaring or tacking against the wind, the boat will begin to drift. If we get so preoccupied
with our own things we’ll not notice we are drifting. Many Christians have slowly drifted away only to
one day find themselves far removed from God. That is why in Hebrew 2:1 we are told that we must pay
attention. The danger increases as we drift farther and farther from God; as we move farther, we care
less and less about what we do. We never drift upstream or against the tide. Studying and applying the
Bible in our daily lives, and keeping close to God in prayer is like roaring against the tide. It’s not easy
but if we do it we shall never drift. The Bible is God’s word to us; it is our map. It directs us along a safe
path and tells us the dangerous areas to avoid. We can trust it because” Every word of God is tested;
He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him (Prov. 30:5). If we ignore it we‘ll certainly drift. What are
the remedies against drifting? Keep rowing (2 Peter. 1:5-10). Watch out for undercurrents (1 Peter 2:11).
Don’t drift along with the majority, you will be lost (Matt 7: 13-14). Have a strong anchorage (Col 2: 6-7).
Possess an unshakable hope (Heb 6: 17-19, 10: 23-25). Are you drifting? The danger is real; we would
be foolish to say otherwise. Our salvation in Christ is simply too great for us to neglect.

with Pastor Mwaniki
Senior pastor

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