Drift Away

Lorri Winkcompleck
Friday, Aug 17, 2018 | Hebrews 2:1-4

Getting Started

I am a mountain girl, but the rest of my family loves the beach, so each summer we make a trip to a coast somewhere. Upon arrival, my husband and daughter have many traditions to get their spot on the beach just the way they want it. One of these traditions started when my daughter was very young and continues today. In order to give her a visual reference, my husband ties a ladybug kite to one of our beach chairs. This is important for her safety because even though she would never intentionally move too far away, even the gentlest current could cause her to drift dangerously far.

  • What are some reasons it is dangerous to lose a point of reference in a current?

Read the Word

Hebrews 2:1-4 (ESV)

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

English Standard Version, copyright 2001 by Crossway Bibles. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Digging Deeper

  1. Remembering that the first chapter of Hebrews instructed the reader that Jesus is far superior to the angels, what command does the author give in Hebrews 2:1?
  2. What is the result of not paying close attention to the sacrifice and supremacy of Jesus?
  3. What do our lives look like when we “drift away” from experiencing the wonder of our salvation? What happens to our daily lives when we forget the depth of the implications of Jesus’ death and resurrection?
  4. What are some practical things you can do to keep your attention anchored to the greatness of your salvation? 

Respond to God

In life—as in the ocean—drift happens naturally. You do not have to do anything to drift away. In fact, verse 3 of this passage points out the danger of “neglecting such a great salvation.” If we are not intentionally anchored to the absolute wonder that God loves and values us so much that he provided a way for us to be in his presence both now and in eternity, we will lose sight of what is important. If we do not daily remind ourselves of the grace and mercy of Jesus, we will inadvertently drift in the current of the world, the current of the flesh, the current of our busy lives. And we will likely end up in a spot we never intended to be.

  • Pray that God will help you experience anew the wonder of your “great salvation” in Christ.
  • Ask God to provide you with a way to remember it each day so that you do not lose your point of reference in this world.