“Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard,
lest we drift away from it.” – Hebrews 2:1
Life is like an ocean…a trackless ocean with winds, currents and waves. We’ll meet ships we never knew were on that ocean and we’ll have all kinds of opportunities, heartaches, tears and fears as we sail into a new year on an uncharted sea.
Scholars tell us Hebrews 2:1 refers to the sea–the writer is using a nautical term. He must have spent time at sea, because the phrase “pay much closer attention” and the word “drift” refer to bringing a ship into the harbor, a difficult and sometimes dangerous task.
A ship never just drifts into the harbor. The most skillful part of being a sea pilot is bringing the ship into the harbor. “Lest we drift away“ literally means to slip away. You have to be careful when you enter the harbor that you don’t end up on the rocks or drift past the harbor.
The worst thing that could happen to us this year is that we just drift through it–live an aimless life–letting this year “happen” to us rather than charting a course and getting into God’s appointed harbor. The winds of worldliness, the tides of circumstance, and the currents of the old nature are determined to cause you to drift.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1–2
You will drift unless you decide not to drift. You must have an anchor. You need a fixed direction. It’s important, because drifting is one of the easiest things in the world to do.