The Danger of Drift

What’s the greatest danger to your spiritual life?

For years, I thought the biggest threats were dramatic—like having an extramarital affair or developing an addiction to drugs or alcohol. But after being a Jesus follower for a long time, I wouldn’t say that anymore.

Like any relationship, my relationship with God is fueled by connection. That’s why relationship experts will tell you that the number one reason marriages fail is not the obvious things—it’s the slow drift toward disconnectedness. As a marriage loses intimacy, it becomes vulnerable to all kinds of destructive forces.

Think about it this way. We rarely wake up one morning and decide to betray or abandon our spouse. No, relationships erode. That is, unless we make intentional decisions to fight the drift and move toward intimacy.

The same is true in our connectedness to God. Busyness, sin, and the pull of other loves are all competing for our focus and affections. Without even being conscious of what’s happening, our passion for God can cool. Our priorities can shift. Our hearts can stray.

Maybe I should say, our hearts will stray unless we have a plan to check the drift and move toward God. There is no neutrality in the Christian life. Either we will be intentional about our pursuit of God, or we will be sucked into the vortex created by “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” (1 John 2:15–16).

The only way I’ve found to escape the dangers of drift is to be intentional about staying connected to God. Instead of believing that my closeness to God will take care of itself, I develop a personally tailored plan to pay attention to Him. I formulate it annually, adjust it quarterly, and try to follow it daily. And I tell at least one mature Christian friend about it, asking for input, accountability, and prayer.

So what about you? Are you intentional about your relationship with God? Do you have a plan to stay connected to Him?

Don’t get trapped by the danger of drift.

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About the Author

Del Fehsenfeld

Del Fehsenfeld

Del completed a Master’s Degree in marriage and family therapy and worked as a counselor before joining Life Action Ministries in 1996. He serves as Senior Editor and Pastoral Services Director and is involved in a combination of writing, counseling, and speaking responsibilities. He and Debra live in Niles, Michigan, and are the proud parents of four children: Shepard, Kária, Chálissa, and Sol.

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