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Driftwood

Weekly Devotionals

Driftwood

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. (Hebrews 2:1)
Go with the flow. See where life takes you. Just go with it.
Such little platitudes that seem incidental and harmless, but is there anything more harmful than drifting in the Christian life?
I love to consider the words of Jesus as He calls us to be a branch of the vine (John 15). We are to be attached to the roots of Christ our Lord, and we are to be as trees planted by streams of water.
Nowhere in these images is there a hint of breaking off from the vine, or the thought of the tree being swept downstream. We are to stay attached to Christ, our solid foundation, and we are to have roots that go deep so that we are immovable. So why should we live as though we are driftwood, carried downstream, shaped by the course of the river and decomposed by nature?
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We love to take breaks and just take it easy. We love to listen to our hearts or let what we feel lead the way or just let the current take us wherever it will, but in reality, this is death! In the Christian life, there is no pause. There is no standing still or treading water. We will drift if we don’t do anything.
As followers of Christ, we are to keep our eyes firmly fixed on the Lord. Our vision is Jesus Christ, and in Him we find our solid foundation – our vine that we are attached to. We are not to be broken off and sent downstream, to just “go with it”. Why should we be tossed this way and that by doubt and false teaching (Ephesians 4:14)?
That is why we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard. Faith comes by hearing, and faith without works is dead. Therefore we must put our faith into action and stop this drift.
In Christ we are able! Thanks be to God that He has given us His Son, who died for our sins and rose again, that we might find new life in Him. This new life is not one that is sent downstream, to be shaped by the course of the river, but it is a new life as a tree planted firmly by streams of living water, as a branch on the true vine.
May we keep our eyes fixed on Him, paying much closer attention to what we have heard. Amen.