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March 24, 2024

Spiritual Drifters: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus (Hebrews 2)

Passage: Hebrews 2
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In the tumultuous tale of two fisherman, Alvarenga and Ezequiel, lost at sea for 438 harrowing days, we find a poignant metaphor for the spiritual journey of many Christians. The storm of life strikes unexpectedly, leaving us adrift, far from the shore of our faith. Just as Alvarenga's boat drifted over 6,700 miles from its starting point, so too can we find ourselves distant from the vibrant faith we once embraced.

The book of Hebrews, specifically Chapter 2, offers a poignant warning to those prone to spiritual drift. Like the Jewish believers tempted to return to old rituals, we too can be lured back to former ways, risking the shipwreck of our faith. Hebrews urges us to heed the message we've received, lest we be swept away by the currents of complacency.

Drifting, we learn, requires no effort—it's the consequence of doing nothing. Like a boat quietly carried off course by imperceptible tides, we may not even realize we're adrift until it's too late. Our views of Jesus subtly shift, and the allure of worldly pleasures eclipses our devotion. Neglecting the disciplines of faith, we slowly but surely find ourselves drifting from the secure harbor of Christ.

But there is hope amidst the stormy seas of spiritual apathy. Just as a sailor navigates by landmarks, so too can we find our way back to Jesus. The Word of God serves as our spiritual GPS, guiding us through life's tempests and revealing the path to Christ. Through the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit, we are emboldened to course-correct, resisting the pull of worldly distractions. And ultimately, it is our unwavering faith in Jesus that anchors us securely, preventing us from drifting into perilous waters.

Hebrews reminds us of the solemnity of neglecting our salvation, emphasizing the magnitude of Christ's message and the confirming signs that accompanied it. Miracles, though awe-inspiring, are not the focus; rather, they validate the truth of God's Word. While God is indeed capable of miracles, our faith is rooted not in signs and wonders but in the steadfast reliability of His promises.

As Pastor Allen Victor underscores the danger of spiritual drift, he calls us to vigilance, urging us to fix our gaze on Jesus. Just as Alvarenga and Ezequiel's oversight led to tragedy, so too can our neglect of spiritual discipline result in loss. Yet amidst the admonition, there is also a tender invitation—a beckoning back to the arms of a Savior who waits patiently for our return.

In closing, Pastor Allen extends an altar call, inviting those who have drifted from their faith to return to Jesus. Like prodigals coming home, we are welcomed with open arms, our waywardness forgiven by the grace of a loving God. As we guard against drift, fix our focus on Jesus, and stand firm on the promises of His Word, we find ourselves securely anchored in the midst of life's storms.

Calvary Chapel West Jacksonville, under the leadership of Pastor Allen Victor, continues to be a beacon of hope in a drifting world. Through their commitment to sound biblical teaching and unwavering faith, they guide seekers back to the solid ground of Christ's love and redemption.

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