ARE WE DRIFTING?”
“Two young men were fishing above a low dam on a river near their hometown. 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 boulders 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.”
The danger of drifting is not limited to the physical realm, In He 2:1, we find a warning against drifting Sadly, it is not uncommon for Christians to drift toward destruction!
Brethren, “Are You Drifting?” Would you know it if you were?
Do you know…?
DRIFTING REQUIRES NO EFFORT…
Just stop oaring or tacking against the wind, and a boater will begin to drift, The same is true for the Christian, which is why we are told: “We must give the more earnest heed…”
– Heb. 2:1
IT IS AN UNCONSCIOUS PROCESS…
It is possible to drift unaware, In a boat, or undercurrents are often unnoticeable without you realizing it surface, In a plane, the wind or gravitational forces move the plane The same is true in the spiritual realm, Many individual Christians have slowly drifted.
THAT WE NEVER DRIFT UPSTREAM OR AGAINST THE TIDE…
Faithfulness to the Lord is like oaring upstream. You must constantly be “adding to your faith…” – 2Pet. 1:5. You must grow continually – 2Pe 3:18–
The moment you stop growing, you’ll start going backward or downward
Have You been ..
LOOSING DESIRE TO STUDY GOD’S WORD AND PRAY…
The Bible is a unique book – a source of information not found anywhere else.
Without God’s revelation, how could we truly know our origin, purpose, destiny?
It tells us of sin’s dreadful consequences, and how God saves us from sin. It provides direction for living a happy, useful lives Psm 1:1-3. When one loses their desire to study God’s word, they are drifting! Prayer is a wonderful blessing – an avenue to communicate with God!
Jesus, who loved His Father, often prayed – Mk 1:35; 6:46
He expressed concern that His disciples shouldn’t grow weary in prayers –
When a Christian prays less and less, he is drifting more and more!
LOOSING DIMINISHING DESIRE TO BE WITH GOD’S PEOPLE
This includes attending worship services, One should always have the attitude of the Psalmist – Psa122: If we are no longer rejoicing in the worship of God in the midst of the brethren, then we are drifting!.
Fellowship with God’s people extends beyond the services of the church, We are to be concerned with edifying one another –
Rom 14:19, Such edification should be a daily occurrence – Heb 3:13, we are strengthen by the type of friendship we keep, while the wrong kind leads us to sin – cf. Ecc 4:9-12; 1Cor. 15:33
When a Christian prefers the companionship of people of the world, rather than fellow Christians, he is drifting toward the rocks of spiritual destruction!
LOOSING DESIRE TO SHARE THE GOSPEL…
When one obeys the gospel, he knows God has blotted out his sins, made him a new creature in Christ, and he wants to tell the world about Jesus – cf. Act 8:4; 1Th 1:8
When a Christian is no longer have the desire to take the message of salvation to others, he is drifting!
At the tail of drifting lies the storms that is ever ready to sink the one who has drifted far, without knowing. As we worship God today, let’s examine ourselves to see if we are drifting from our obligations, responsibilities, and duties before it is too late to recover..
Scripted for evangelism portal by Chidi Chibunna.
Happy Lord’s Day brethren,