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Hebrews 2:1

"So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it."

A man floating on his back in a large lake.

There is no way to stay still in the faith. Either we are growing in our relationship with God or we are wandering away from him. We are always moving in one direction or the other. The unfortunate part is that it takes planning and discipline to grow in our relationship with God, but it takes no effort at all to move away from him. By doing nothing, we inevitably drift in our faith. The Book of Hebrews provides several warnings about this "faith drift" problem.

One may wonder why drift happens. There are many causes for it. One of them is described by Jesus in Matthew 13:22. In explaining the parable of the scattered seeds, Jesus notes that there are some who hear God’s word and apparently believe it, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth. In other words, these people start off well, but eventually drift away from the Gospel as they become caught up in the currents of this world.

Are you drifting in a cultural current? If so, what is it? Are you climbing the ladder of success?Distracted by the political news of the moment? Lured away by the enjoyment of an engrossing hobby? If you are not drifting, what are you doing to move closer to God? What did Hebrews 2 teach you today?

(New Living Translation; photo credit: Richardo Frantz via Unsplash)

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