Warning Against Spiritual Drifting


Spiritual disciplines can serve as guardrails that prevent our drifting away from the Lord.

Hebrews 2:1-4

Drifting down a lazy river in an inner tube is a relaxing way to spend a hot summer day, but it’s not a good practice for our spiritual life. No one drifts into godliness, but it’s quite easy to float in the opposite direction. The world’s current will inevitably draw us downward into the polluted waters of sin.

Despite this reality, many Christians are not paying attention to their spiritual life and are drifting from the Lord. It happens so quietly and gradually that they are often unaware of their condition until they begin to feel the negative consequences as the Lord seeks to draw them back to Himself.   

What are the signs of spiritual drifting?

Neglect of God’s Word, prayer, corporate worship, and fellowship. These are the means Christ has provided for His church to be grounded in truth and to grow in spiritual maturity (Acts 2:42). If we neglect them, we’ll become prey to all sorts of deceptions and temptations. 

The influence of other people. The verse “Bad company corrupts good morals” is certainly true (1 Corinthians 15:33). If we seek to please people more than we desire to know and obey God, we will be led astray. We must especially be careful not to imitate the attitudes and practices of those who don’t know Christ (Eph. 4:17-20). 

The influence of the world. A preoccupation with materialism and advancement sidetracks us from pursuing things of eternal value (1 Timothy 6:8-10). 

If you find yourself drifting away from the Lord, turn back to Him in repentance, asking for His grace to diligently follow Christ.

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