02/20/20 The Danger of Drifting

READING: Leviticus 1-3, Psalm 27, Hebrews 2

As I read the Word, it’s apparent from the Word that genuine believers do not lose their salvation. God who has sealed us (Eph 1:13-14) will keep us, and no one is able to snatch us from His hand (John 10:27-29). He who began a good work in us will complete it (Phil 1:6).

That’s not to say, though, that we can ignore the warnings about drifting that recur in the book of Hebrews, beginning with Heb 2:1 – “For this reason, we must pay attention all the more to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away.” For the original readers of Hebrews, the danger was apparently that they would return to following the Law and go backwards—the completely wrong direction in Christian living. God has given us a great salvation through Jesus—the One who is superior to the angels—and it is to our peril that we don’t continually pay attention to its truths. Particularly, the danger is that we will almost unknowingly drift from the truth by ignoring it or neglecting it.

As Albert Mohler reminds us, “There are only two options in the Christian life: we can either sail forward in fidelity or we can drift backward in faithlessness. There is no such thing as standing still in the Christian life.”* Even a gradual turn is still a step backward—so we simply must hear and obey God’s Word every step of the way.

PRAYER: “Help me, Lord, to stay focused on You, Your Word, and Your grace.”

TOMORROW’S READING: Leviticus 4-7, Hebrews 3

 

 

 *R. Albert Mohler, Exalting Jesus in Hebrews (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary) (p. 24). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.