Have you ever taken a trip to the beach, placed your towel and belongings on the sand and headed into the water only to discover after about 30 minutes that someone came along and stole your stuff? You also notice that the buildings that were around you are gone and all the people who were nearby have been replaced by new people! Actually what happened is that you drifted…you weren’t paying attention and the current carried you off course. You were headed in a different direction.
Once you realize what happened, you make your way back to where you started out. If you don’t make the necessary adjustment, you could end up in real danger. Hebrews 2:1 says, “Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.” The word ‘earnest’ here speaks of a sailor trying to bring a ship safely into a harbor during a storm. It is going to take hard work, it is going to be difficult. He is not talking about ignorant believers or even rebellious believers. He is talking about careless believers. If you are not careful, you will drift into sin by simply being careless. Have you felt yourself drifting lately by being careless?
Perhaps you have drifted from Bible Study and prayer and your relationship with God seems distant.
Maybe you have drifted away from communicating with your spouse. You no longer date, you no longer work on your relationship. As a result, your marriage is in trouble.
Maybe you’re not engaged in your job and your performance is drifting.
Have you been careless? Are you drifting?
Here is how you can get back:
1. Stay focused on where you got in.
When you are focused, you don’t lose sight of the shore – your marriage, your job or your spiritual life.
2. Know where you are.
If you look up and discover that you have drifted, you must acknowledge it. Don’t blame anyone else and don’t beat yourself up. Re-adjust!
3. Start heading back.
When you realize that you have drifted, stop and head back. Establish a plan and execute it. It will take work and it will be difficult. You will have to fight against the current but you must move toward your goal.
4. Celebrate when you get back but don’t lose sight of the shore.
Celebrate the fact that you made it back safely with no major damage but keep your eye on the goal.
Don’t think that you have drifted too far to ever make it back. That is a lie from the evil one. It is never too late to make a course correction.
Be sure and stay aware of your surroundings. Do not be careless because there is danger in drifting.