Understanding the Greek word “drift”
• It is NOT a falling away or sudden crash
• It is slippage, like sand slowly through our fingertips or something that slips past us unseen
• Drifting is not sudden, but subtle and gradual.
The background of Hebrews 1
• Hebrews 2:1 is the first command in the book of Hebrews, but we must refer to Hebrews 1 for its context
• Hebrews 1 is about recognizing who Jesus is as Creator and Sustainer and Owner and Ruler and Redeemer of the world
• This is much like John’s gospel begins….”In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God”
In summary, Hebrews 1 says that the Son of God (Jesus) is:
• the heir of all things (verse 2),
• the creator (world made through him) (verse 2)
• the radiance of God’s glory (verse 3)
• the exact representation of God’s nature (verse 3)
• the sustainer (he sustains all things by his power) (verse 3)
• the purification for sins (verse 3)
• at the right hand of God’s majesty (verse 3)
• greater than any angel (verse 4)
• worshipped by the angels (verse 6)
• the mighty God (verse 8)
Understanding Hebrews 1 gives us important context when it says “therefore” in Hebrews 2:1:
Two guiding principles in regards to drifting from Hebrews 2:1….
1. Focus matters…..
• We are all listening to something….Driven by something…In step with something….
•“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” Augustine
•We are instructed to pay attention, tune in, and remember who Jesus is
2. Urgency matters….
• This is not a message of convenience, or a message of “when I’m in crisis, then do it”.
• We shouldn’t be fearful, but we should be urgent.
(In God’s design) If you’re standing still, you’re drifting
We must swim against the stream of sin, the stream of indifference, the stream of doing what everyone else does.
We must keep our eyes on Jesus (focus)
We must run the race marked out for us (urgency)
The good news: our God passionately pursues every one of us, even those who are drifting.