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Drifting Away From The Lord

by Keith Bellamy

C.S. Lewis was once asked why so many have quit being active believers. With many British church buildings having so few worshipers, he replied, "Isn't it mainly a matter of drifting?" Isn't that the primary cause of attrition of many of our congregations in America today? And isn't it a clear alarm, when the Holy Spirit cries out, "Let us give the more earnest heed to the things that we have heard, lest we drift away from them" (Hebrews 2:1).”

So many are drifting! So very many are walking away from the Lord. And it truly concerns me and saddens me that so many churches are shutting their doors.

If you have ever drifted in a boat, you know what little progress is made. But you also know you can get into serious trouble if you are not careful. Many years ago, my dad and I were taking his sister and her husband fishing. Dad gave me the steering wheel of the boat. It was very foggy, and I almost crashed the boat on the rocks surrounding the dike. If I had watched the compass, that would not have happened. As it was, I had made a 180-degree turn into dangerous territory. If you are in a boat and don’t follow the compass, you might get in trouble.

On another occasion we were drifting, not knowing if the anchor was doing its job or not. It wasn’t…because we had not secured it; so we drifted again.

Life is like that. We must stay on course, and we have to do that every day. My compass is Jesus Christ and the Bible.

Make sure you have a good compass and a secure anchor and consider Hebrews 6:19. “This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.”

So, let me encourage you not to drift. Stay focused!

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