“So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.” Hebrews 2:1
Drifting: A continuous slow movement from one place to another
Last week, while on vacation with my family, I noticed my nephew swimming in the ocean. My awareness of him was at a high level because his swimming skills were not fully developed. Although he was never allowed to go past his waist without an adult, I noticed something happening. While I was standing ankle-deep and only 10 yards away from my little nephew, I could see him slowly drifting with the current. Within a few minutes, he had drifted nearly 25 yards to the left (still in shallow water in case you were wondering). There was no massive wave that moved him at once; instead, it was slow and steady. On the surface everything was normal, but underneath the waves, was a current that was taking him somewhere he didn’t intend to go.
The more I thought about this scenario, I was reminded of the lyrics by Casting Crowns, “Slow Fade”:
It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It’s a slow fade, it’s a slow fade
To help you out, I’ve decided to share a few lessons I’ve learned about drifting throughout my life.
What should you know about drifting?
1) Drifting requires NO effort. Life is not a lake, it’s a river with a current moving in the direction of destruction. By doing nothing with your life, you’re drifting.
2) Drifting often happens without you knowing about it. Most of the setbacks in our lives were not a result of one event. It is often the decisions we make when we think no one is looking that start the downward spiral. Bad decisions are then typically followed by more bad decisions which ultimately lead to a place you never intended to go.
3) Drifting goes with the current. You never drift against the current. Because drifting causes you to go with the current, you eventually pick up speed and get to your destination quicker.
4) Drifting always ends in a crash. By compiling bad decisions, we eventually find our lives out of control and complete destruction.
What are the signs that you’re drifting?
1) Loss of desire to do the things of God. You no longer reading the Bible, pray, sharing the Gospel, or worship. (see Psalm 1:1-3)
2) Loss of desire to surround yourself with God’s people. You start hanging around the wrong crowd. (see 1 Corinthians 15:33)
3) Increasing desire to become like the world. You start pursuing the gods of the world (ie. money, power, fame, etc. – see 2 Timothy 3:4). You’re more concerned with you than you are the ways of God (1 John 2:15-17)
How can you prevent from drifting?
1) Be rooted in Christ. When you realize that Jesus is all you have, He is all you need. Following Jesus means you will always be going against the current. Embrace it. Keep moving.
2) Create an entourage. Develop Christ-centered friendships that will hold you accountable and journey through life with you.
3) Live for an audience of ONE. Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ (Galatians 1:10). You have nothing to prove, you’re already approved by the ONE who has called you!