Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.
Drifting can be deadly. If a boat drifts just one degree off target, it gets lost. Being lost brings delay, danger, or even destruction.
Drifting in our faith can be even deadlier. If we drift just one degree off Target (Jesus and His righteousness), we get lost. Being lost brings delay. Consider the Jews in Exodus. They turned an 11-day journey into a 40-year quest by forfeiting faith in God to feud with Moses.
Being lost brings danger. Consider Peter sinking in the water on which he was walking because his focus drifted from Jesus to the waves.
Being lost brings death. Consider Samson losing everything because his eyes drifted from God to Delilah.
If this world is an ocean, then millions of people are treading the water, drifting with debris, stuck on islands, or cruising in charters to unknown destinations--but none of them are home.
If faith is our boat, then Heaven is our home. If we are the oarsmen, then Jesus is Captain. If we look away from the Captain, we begin drifting off course. What could we see that would steal our attention?
Golden idols, tempting deals, friendly strangers, or an ocean liner with swimming pools and movie stars that invites us to come on board. We love our small boat's Captain, but rowing is hard. Can't we join the ship that seems to be having so much fun? Even for a day?
But the owner of these luxury liners is Satan. Their advertising is false, and to step onboard is life-threatening. Because those who do get 'Tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting' (Ephesians 4:14).
Drifting can turn into a quick ride to nowhere good.
The penalty is great for those who have abandoned faith and left Jesus in the boat. ''Therefore I will scatter them like drifting straw to the desert wind...' declares the Lord, 'because you have forgotten Me and trusted in falsehood' ' (Jeremiah 13:24-25).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Drifting series.