Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Dock your boat; stay there for life!

Hebrews 2:1-3 (New King James Version)

1 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,

Reference notes according to the John MacArthur Study Bible NKJV by John MacArthur)

earnest heed... drift away (v. 2:1)- Both phrases have nautical connotations. The first refers to mooring a ship, tying it up at the dock. The second was often used of a ship that had been allowed to drift past the harbor. The warning is to secure one's self to the truth of the gospel, being careful not to pass by the only harbor of salvation. The closest attention must be paid to these very serious matters of the Christian faith. The readers in their tendency to apathy are in danger of making a shipwreck of their lives. (emphasis mine)

Christians are in danger of drifting away from the faith. Why? Because we become so comfortable in our position, so okay that we are not growing in our faith because of our tendency to apathy, that we slowing start to drift away from the Lord. Sometimes I think of my life and what it is going to be like 30 years from now. Will I be married? Have kids? Have a job? I really don't know. But I do plan to be in God's Word everyday for the rest of my life. And sometimes thinking about that tires me. I think, "Wow I'm going to be taking time out of my day for the rest of my life to read the Bible. Won't it get old? Won't I have read through it so many times that I know all there is to know about everything?" Which quite honestly is just prideful; but that is a whole other topic. Anyways, my point is that even if we are spending time with Jesus daily, we always need to be challenging ourselves to do more. To grow further. 30 years from now, I hope that I will have grown much closer to the Lord, and that I will have a greater understanding of His word.

Right now, if you are reading 2 chapters a day in your quiet time, I would expect you to be reading 3 or 4 a day by this time next year. Why? Because when we are apathetic, and get comfortable, it doesn't mean as much to us. I challenge you girls to challenge yourselves. :) I can't make you do this! But I can warn you that when you become too comfortable in your faith, you can easily start falling away from God. We should regularly challenge ourselves to do more than we are doing at the moment. That is how you will grow in your faith.

Dock your boat by the harbor of salvation. Plan to stay there forever! Drop your anchor; stay close to the Lord all your life! Then, when the storms and winds try to separate you from God; they will have no chance to affect you. :)
Reevaluate the time you spend with the Lord. Consciously make an effort to spend more time with your Savior.

In His Love,

1 comment:

Chloƫ said...

Wow, thanks for the challenge Jessica! It's so true that I do get comfortable where I am. This post reminds me of Brandon Heath's song, "Don't Get Comfortable."

God bless!

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