Describing The Drift
For the sake of clarity, lets take a more detailed look at what I mean by this concept of The Drift. I am specifically looking at how Christians can grow dull and dim to the gospel, forget why they are here on this earth, and easily slip deeper into sinful tendencies.
You don’t need to be a Christian for long to notice this drift at work. It is slow and subtle. It creeps into our lives under the radar and then begins to direct our attention and passion away from Christ. This is evident whenever I experience any sort of conviction. I am initially impacted and I desire to grow in an area, but then I leave the setting where conviction gripped me and the cares of my day subtly slide to the forefront of my mind. Eventually my understanding of what once convicted me so strongly is clouded and murky.
Sadly, that goes on in my soul on a daily basis. Additionally, this pattern is represented in virtually every part of the Bible. Individuals or groups of people lose their sight of the Living God and they forget to do their Father’s will. This happens over and over and over again.
The One Who Defied The Drift
The problem of our propensity to drift is obvious. Human beings have dealt with this for… well, forever. Ever since Adam and Eve fell to their own drifting desires, humanity has not only drifted in seas of unbelief, but swam passionately away from the designs and desires of their creator.
All throughout the Old and New Testament we see people, who God has appointed for righteousness sake, screw up time after time. There is, however, one lone exception: Jesus Christ, God’s own Son. He was the only one who truly followed his Father’s will. He was the only one who never did anything evil or wrong. He was perfect. Every single day, he was, “Tempted as we are, yet without sin,” (Hebrews 4:15). Every breath, every moment was an act of defiance of this drift.
Why We Can Defy The Drift
So, what does that have to do with us? Yeah, some guy was righteous, but I am still really messed up! Well, the good news here is that he defied the drift for us because we were and are unable to do it for ourselves. And it doesn’t stop there. He didn’t simply share his good grades with us. He gave them to us and took our failures as his own. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God,” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
What a trade?! This insane grace demands our attention and affection. We who trust Christ are saved from our past, present, and future track record of evil. This gospel message has everything to do with our struggle with sin. Why? Because we have been set free from our bondage to sin. Allow this verse to sink in. “But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness,” (Romans 6:17-18).
Our bondage to sin is shattered and we carry the perfect record of Jesus Christ. We are now free and able to defy our drift from the gospel by the very power of the gospel itself.