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Beware of the Summer Drift

I’ve seen it on many occasions, and the consequences might be eternal.

I love summer!  I love vacations. I love the rest that a body gets on a warm summer day at the lake with family and friends.  But there is one thing about summer that disturbs me greatly – what I call the summer drift.

The summer drift usually happens to people on the fringes.  Those who know they need to follow Christ, and even have good intentions to draw near to God.  But the summer invades and vacations and weekends at the lake or cottage take a priority over regular and faithful worship with the people of God.  Before they recognize it they have drifted far away from God and His people and it’s easier to continue on with that pattern right on through the fall.  Entire families drift into dangerous waters and are not even aware of their perilous situation.

It’s important to understand that this is a drift and not caused by a desire to paddle hard away from the people of God and God himself.  It is a casual and relaxing – take it easy approach to following Christ.  Summer is a friend to this kind of drift.

Hebrews stands on the dock and shouts out to those who are drifting.

Hebrews 2:1 1We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.

Hebrews 3:12-14 12See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.

Hebrews 10:24-25 24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

So beware of the summer drift (and any drift at any time).  Don’t spend every summer Sunday in the boat or on the beach.  Worship God with his people.  Hang out with your small group.  Keep on pouring the Word into your life.

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  1. Star McCaffrey
    July 21, 2009 at 8:07 am

    Andrew Wow!! Thank-you for the reminder, ever so gently. God uses you in mighty ways to sheperd His flock. Larry and I praise God you are one of our pastors. You humbly and gently guide the flock. Praise God!!!!

  2. Alan F.
    July 21, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Great post Andrew! As you know better than I, the Bible does not support the “easy believism, follow Jesus for the benefits it will get me, as long as it doesn’t hamper my pleasure seeking” lifestyle that so many in our country have embraced.

  3. July 21, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Thanks Star and Alan. I love the book of Hebrews – we need it.

  4. Kathy S
    July 21, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    My 11-year-old knows this, better than I do. As we were packing to go camping this past weekend with friends, he suggested that we have a worship service together since we would all be missing church on Sunday. He was even willing to preach!

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