Saturday, July 11, 2009

Here are my thoughts on drift...

as the Hebrews study by Nancy Guthrie tackles it. I hope those of you trying to read along have your books by now.

In this post, I wrote that I was struck by God's requirement of people to respond to His revelation of Jesus Christ. That truth is one I realized while studying through Romans. There is no neutral position for anyone when it comes to the Lord Jesus Christ. You will either be found as His object of mercy and therefore, saved, or you will be found as His object of wrath, and therefore, condemned. See John 3:36 on this.

Really then, no one is going to get the abstention place as His object of indifference and get to hang out in the undecided waiting room.

Which is why the latter part of Guthrie's chapter 1 deals so thoroughly with the consequences of drift. More specifically, drifting away. Obviously, a Christian must deal with the reality of what to do in life between the walk down the aisle moment and the enter into glory moment. Again, there is no waiting room scenario here. Although, many Christians treat their receipt of the gospel as though it were a ticket at the DMV office, waiting to be called and just annoyed with everything else in general and specific.

God did not save us to bide time till glory. He saved us unto Himself and every day from the first to the last is to be filled with walking worthy of our calling, with working out of our salvation, with the good works He foreordained for us, with paying careful attention and thereby staunchly refusing to neglect this very great salvation. To neglect Him is drift.

The full and abundant life promises of Jesus to His disciples, the giving of peace not as the world gives but that which overcomes the world, all have their foundations in the pursuit, the race, the tasks, and the perseverance of keeping hold of His word in every thought and choice. Daily lived out. To refuse to live out the gospel is drift.

How desperately grievous it is to see a professing Christian waiting to embrace His throne of grace, ignoring the glories of a Spirit led life, and even more so, refusing the training of His righteousness. All these are drift too.

Guthrie makes a clear point that everyone daily makes choices to pay attention to the things that matter to them and in those choices will go to great lengths to clear the distractions away so that full and uninterrupted attention can be paid to the desired object. Whether it is our blogs or Twitter or Facebook, our closet or homes or exercise routine, our jobs or children or menu plan, our television shows or chick lit or women's magazines. Every thing that demands our attention requires the choice of not paying attention elsewhere.

How can we not pay attention then to the greatest gift, the most precious treasure, the sweetest of Saviors, our Lord Jesus Christ, His word and His works?

To do otherwise is drift.

1 comment:

  1. I know exactly what you're describing... how wonderful to have a word for it (it makes it much harder to ignore).