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06/27/2012

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The Dreaded Drift


"We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away" (Heb.2:1).

Many years ago, my dad would come out with me in the bay when I clammed. I will explain clamming to you non-coastal people one day...Dad would fish out of the boat while I was in the water catching those elusive critters. One day breezy day while I was busy at work, I looked up and my dad had drifted some 50 to 100 yards away from me because the anchor had broken loose. He didn't know how to operate the boat, so with much effort, I had to run/swim after him. Neither of us had really done anything overtly wrong, but the boat had drifted away nonetheless. It happened so innocuously, that neither of us noticed. Today's verse talks about a different kind of drifting. The writer of the Book of Hebrews is speaking about drifting away from the Lord. Because he is sending us a warning, drifting is a process that we must be aware of. Because of its seeming subtlety, it can happen and we might not be aware of it. The apostle Peter gives us a splendid recipe to help us to keep from drifting away from the Lord. "For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith......." (2 Pet.1:5). He precedes to give us a list of virtues that we must add to our faith in the next few verses. It would be good for us to read and meditate on those today. (Vs. 5-9) In order to keep from drifting, we must continue to grow. (2 Pet.3:18) When we stop growing, we start drifting. It is a dreaded downward and backward spiral that takes considerable effort to curtail. I remember how tired I was when I got to dad in the boat, but I stopped the drift. It was worth the effort....

Have a great day... Christians should make a difference.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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