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Monday, July 28, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Hebrews 2:1-4
1 For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty, 3 how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard, God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.
This was the passage Pastor Dave was preaching on yesterday morning. He mentioned that few people deliberately set out to be agents of the devil; they gradually drift away from the straight and narrow. While I was listening to the sermon, my mind wandered off to the old Dobie Gray song, Drift Away, that he's recently redone and is back on the charts. The chorus stuck in my craw-
Give me the beat, boys and free my soul; I want to get lost in your rock and roll and drift away.
God does want to free our souls from a life of sin, but he doesn't want us to drift towards him. Mr. Gray seems to be expressing a more New Age type of spirituality, where you merely escape from the pressures of the world. Drifting away in the spiritual realm is not likely to be in God's direction, for a rudderless movement will likely be in the wrong direction. What we need to be doing is actively seeking Christ, not just drifting in His general direction. Given the evidence that we've seen over the years, we need to be paddling towards God, with our compass and GPS (the Bible and the Holy Spirit) out to check direction, rather than merely hoping the currents take us towards God.

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