Isaiah 53:6. All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way;
Hebrews 2:1 For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.
Hebrews 3:12. Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God.
It is my observation that almost everyone who is a follower of Jesus will drift away from Him at some point. It is usually subtle, and gradual, rarely on purpose. It is usually because of getting entangled in the affairs of everyday life to the point that the basic safeguards against drifting like attending church faithfully, reading our Bibles daily, and spending some time with the Lord in prayer are compromised more and more. People often drift to the point that they are helpless to do anything about it, though at this point they don’t care. The only recourse God has now is to take them through a major crisis to get their attention. Sometimes people repent and turn around, and other times they just get angry at God, and stay where they are.
Revelation 2:4-5. But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent.
What we need to do is to practice Revelation 2:4-5 often and regularly. “Remember from where we have fallen”, then “repent and do the basics” that kept us close to the Lord and growing before we started to drift.
A key principle is whenever we take “Communion” we need to “remember” and “repent”. When I take Communion I pray and say, “Dear Lord, You are Lord! You are my Lord, and I have drifted like a dumb sheep from You, my God, my Savior, and my Lord, I repent now and commit to seek You diligently, please help me to do that.
We are having a Communion service this weekend at JBC. If it has been awhile since you have been in Church this would be a good weekend to come and recommit your life to following and seeking the Lord, making Him first place in your life before anything else. It is the only way to live if you want His supernatural joy and peace in spite of life.