William Parry, an English explorer, took a crew to the Arctic Ocean for the purpose of documenting uncharted territory. He and his crew braced the freezing cold while on the treacherous and difficult course, trying to map out the North. They calculated their initial position by looking at the stars, and continued North-bound. After a few days, he and his crew were totally exhausted, so they stopped to gather their bearings. It was during this break when they realized they were actually further south than where they had first started. The reason? The entire time they were trekking north, they were on a massive ice float that was moving south at twice their speed.
Drifting is so easy. So quiet.
All that you need to do it, is to do nothing.
Many of us have grown up surrounded by church. We went to the meetings, learned all the verses, passed all of the Sunday School tests, and knew the Gospel backwards and forwards.
The problem isn’t so much what we know. Rather, it’s what we don’t do with that knowledge.
What God has asked for us to do as Christians doesn’t come easy. In fact, there were plenty of people in the Bible who also didn’t feel like putting in the effort towards godliness. Because of this, their commitment to Christ was superficial. They did all the right things from an outside perspective, but in reality, they were drifting further and further away from the harbor of salvation with each day.
“People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from effort, people don’t gravitate towards Godliness. They don’t drift toward a better prayer life. They don’t drift towards obedience to the scripture, or faith, or delight in the Lord. We drift always toward compromise, we drift toward tolerance and we call it freedom, we drift toward superstition and we call it faith, we cherish the indiscipline of no self control and we call it relaxation. We slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.” | D.A. Carson
Most of us don’t defiantly reject God.
Most of us just neglect Him.
We forget about Him, put Him out of our minds. We think “Let go and let God,” and then presume that we don’t have to do anything at all.
You don’t have to do anything to become a drifter. You just drift. The word itself is passive. We have to be proactive in order not to drift.
“We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain…” | Hebrews 6:19
How do we ensure that this hope and strong faith in God survives? By making commitments to spend time with the Lord on a daily basis. By having accountability with someone else you trust who loves God. Even simply talking about Him, or thanking Him at the beginning of each day can help. These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg!
When you think about drifting and your own spiritual life, what are some of the things you want to get back to? Are there people or practices you need to move closer to again? How can you re-anchor to Jesus as the core foundation of your faith? What can you do to move against that drift and return to important people or practices?
It is never too late to build a relationship with God, no matter how long it’s been. Never forget that! Let’s stop drifting and start sailing straight toward the God of the universe.