We can drift into a life of ruin and sin, but it is impossible for us to drift into the life that God wants us to live. We’re not going to accidentally end up in heaven. Those who are truly on God’s side aren’t drifters, but swimmers — living lives that are purposeful.
The drifting process can begin subtly because it requires no effort and it’s not easily detectable. We never drift upstream, and as a result, the speed downstream increases and we become a hazard to others. And ultimately, drifting ends in shipwreck.
Common warning signs of drifting include: a declining desire to study God’s word and pray (Luke 18:1); a declining desire to be with God’s people, at worship services (Ps. 122:1) and outside the building’s walls; a declining desire to share the gospel; and a growing thrill over things of the world (I John 2:15-17).
So, how can we cure drifting? What are some treatments?
Keep rowing: Take active measures. Search the scriptures daily; pray; edify your brethren; and keep pressing forward (Phil. 3:12-16). As the saying goes, “If you’re not going forward, you’re going backwards.”
Watch out for dangerous currents: We must always be on guard of temptations, such as growing weary while doing good; resting on past accomplishments; complacency; cultural influences; and materialism. I Pet. 2:11 says, “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul.”
Go against the tide: Think of the tides that can sweep us away – peer pressure; false doctrines; worldliness; and neglect. If we drift along with the majority, we will be lost (Matt. 7:13-14).
Have a strong anchor: If you’re not anchored in the truth and love of Christ, get anchored (Eph. 3:16-18, 4:14-15).
Are there signs in your life that you are drifting? The danger is real, and it’d be foolish for us to say, “It would never happen to me.” So, let us “give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard.”