1686) The Danger of Drifting

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By John Piper at: www:desiringgod.org


Hebrews 2:1  —  Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.

     We all know people that this has happened to.  There is no urgency.  No vigilance.  No focused listening or considering or fixing of their eyes on Jesus.  And the result has not been a standing still, but a drifting away.

     That is the point here: there is no standing still.  The life of this world is not a lake.  It is a river.  And it is flowing downward to destruction.  If you do not listen earnestly to Jesus and consider him daily and fix your eyes on him hourly, then you will not stand still, you will go backward.  You will float by.

     Drifting is a deadly thing in the Christian life.  And the remedy to it, according to Hebrews 2:1, “Pay close attention to what you have heard.”  That is, consider what God is saying in his Son Jesus.  Fix your eyes on what God is saying and doing in the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

     This is not a hard stroke to learn so that we can swim against the stream of sin and indifference.  The only thing that keeps us from swimming like this is our sinful desire to float with other interests.

     But let us not complain that God has given us a hard job.  Listen, consider, fix the eyes — this is not what you would call a hard job description.  It is not a job description.  It is a solemn invitation to keep looking to Jesus so that we do not get lured downstream by deceitful desires.

     If you are drifting today, one of the signs of hope that you are born again is that you feel pricked for this, and there is a rising desire in your heart to turn your eyes on Jesus and consider him and listen to him in the days and months and years to come.

Keep your eyes on Jesus.


Jeremiah 7:23-24  —  I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people.  Walk in obedience to all I command you, that it may go well with you.  But they did not listen or pay attention.  Instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts.  They went backward and not forward.

Hebrews 2:1  —  Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.


Thanks be to thee, my Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits thou hast given me,
for all the pains and insults thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother,
may I know thee more clearly,
love thee more dearly,
and follow thee more nearly, day by day.  Amen.

–St. Richard of Chichester, English Bishop   (1197-1253)