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Drifting Off

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. – Hebrews 2:1 

Distracted driving is by no means a new phenomenon. Shortly after the invention of the first automobile people were getting distracted and driving off the road. In the early ‘90’s, long before the proliferation of cell phones and onboard video systems, the driver of the box truck full of equipment took her eyes off the road to reach for a sports drink. The truck drifted onto the shoulder and when she looked up the driver then suddenly overcorrected back on to the interstate causing the truck to tip back and forth ultimately flipping on its side and skidding down the highway spilling the contents of the box all across I-90. She didn’t look away that long. She wasn’t driving recklessly. She wasn’t tired (they hadn’t been on the road that long). The only thing she failed to do was to pay close attention to where she was going and what she should have been doing.

The writer of Hebrews warns all of us that paying closer attention to what we have heard is crucially important. It is literally a matter of life and death for us, and for others around us. It takes so very little to distract us from the truth of the Gospel. It takes only a few seconds for doubt, frustration, anger or hurt to cause us to wander off the path God intends for us. Like that accident in Minnesota all those years ago our wandering away can certainly make a mess, place ourselves and others in danger, and cause a deviation in our journey that affects the destination we and others reach.

We certainly live in a world bent on pulling our eyes off Jesus. The world IS going to hell all around us.  All the more reason for us to keep our eyes and ears open to Christ, and to keeping our lips and lifestyle expressive of His saving grace. Today check your attentiveness to Him who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  Then, see that you don’t drift off! 

Pastor Timm Griffin

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