Drifting: A Way To Move Away From Your Destiny
It's not uncommon to notice believers who start off strong, but then suddenly drift away just when God is on the verge of moving him or her into a purposeful season of their lives. God wants to get you back on course if you'll just get on board.
This has happened too often in our churches. A brother or sister who at one time attended worship services consistently and was highly visible and very enthusiastic in ministry, suddenly appears to drop off the face of the earth. After a period of time, his or her absence is as noticeable as their presence and involvement once was.
Eventually, you learn the member no longer desires to be part, spends time involved in other activities or has decided to step back and re-evaluate the merits of church attendance and involvement. You may have experienced something similar yourself because spiritual drifting is common to many believers.
It’s easy to drift. So easy until oft times, believers are not aware when it’s happening. The experience may begin with actions as subtle as spending less and less time in personal, private prayer and devotion to God. Some believers begin to drift when there is a change in schedule that interrupts faithful bible study or Sunday School participation. Others will cool off rather than allow themselves to burn out in ministry opportunities.
Drifting requires little to no effort compared to the enormous energy that challenges believers to maintain a consistent, meaningful prayer life, bible study, worship attendance, time in ministry and fellowship. However, the good news is that God will help us. He has given us the Holy Spirit who will enable us as long as we surrender to Him.
Complacency and apathy in the things of God, are indicators of spiritual neglect. We must commit to "working out our salvation with fear and trembling. for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose."