Thursday 18 September, 2019
Keep on, do not drift away
“We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away” (Hebrews 2:1, NIV)
One of the things I feared quite a lot in my boyhood was walking over a plank or a log across a river. This fear partly remained in me to date. A few months ago I had to cross a valley filled with running water, I only had to place my feet on some small stones to keep safe from the water. I managed to successfully move from one stone to the other until the fifth when fear came in and I drifted away, my right foot was fully submerged in the water with my shoes filled with water. I failed to keep on, instead, I drifted away.
The Christian journey in a way is similar to crossing a river with obstacles that can easily drift us away as in my situation above. Sometimes if we do not keep on, we can get caught up by many things and drift away from following the way of salvation. We ought therefore to be very careful as we walk, we must pay attention to the guidance of the word of God to keep on. This demands that we are able to obey what the word of God requires of us.
The Scriptures are God-breathed; they rebuke us, correct and teach us and give us instruction in following the path righteous living (2 Timothy 3:16), the path of Christ that we may not drift away. We should pay careful attention to the word of God than our feelings and the prevailing situations we are in. The latter is sinking sand, if we pay attention to them, we sink, and we drift away from Christ.
To keep on and not drift away from Christ, “pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard (the Word)… which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him” (Hebrews 2:1, 3).
Prayer: Help me O God to direct my daily walk so that I will always keep on and not drift away from the path of salvation. Amen!
Rev. Julius I. Tabi is a Dean of Students’ Affairs at Uganda Christian University Arua Campus. He is an ordained minister in the Anglican Diocese of Ma’di and West Nile (Church of Uganda) and serves as chaplain at Ushindi Secondary School in Arua. Julius is a student of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Bishop Tucker School of Divinity and Theology of Uganda Christian University. He holds a Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at MF Norwegian School of Theology. Prior to his pastoral training, Julius trained as a high school Biology and Chemistry teacher. You may reach him by completing the form below.