The danger of drifting spiritually


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


This theme of warning the readers to pay attention and have hearts and minds open to God runs throughout this letter.

Hebrews 3 ends with a similar exhortation, using the rebellious Israelites in the wilderness as an example. They were unable to enter the promised land because of unbelief.


We should not overlook, downplay or dismiss the real danger of drifting spiritually. Probably the most effective tactic of the devil is not to tempt believers to commit outright sin – at least in the beginning – but to drift spiritually.

We may drift spiritually by not maintaining a strong relationship with Christ through daily times of prayer, reading God’s Word, memorizing scripture, meditating upon his Word, listening for the Holy Spirit’s voice, and more.

We may drift spiritually by not fellowshipping regularly with a band of believers, encouraging each other in our faith and holding one another accountable before God.

We may drift spiritually by making small compromises regarding various biblical principles, basing our decisions and lifestyle upon what works, what is popular, what will lead to success rather than upon the precepts of God’s Word.


Heavenly Father, help me to live faithfully according to Your Word. May I not drift unconsciously, pulled by the current of the world. Amen.

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