Monday, July 16, 2012

Am I Drifting Away?

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For the past few weeks, I wasn't able to attend services since I was busy in training at work and other things that are not that important. Also, I haven't opened my bible for months now and I only rely my devotion thru the internet (though I'm not saying it isn't good, it is still an effective resource to enrich and feed the soul). I'm doing my devotion everyday but I felt that something is missing and that my week isn't complete. I told myself that, I still read His words, share it to others and prays everyday but I knew there is something missing and my eyes and heart was opened thru this verse: Hebrews 2:1-3 (1 We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.)

It is not easy to admit to myself that something is wrong and that something must be changed.  The services and regular gathering with brothers and sisters in Christ provides an anchor of support and accountability. In my opinion, not attending church just to attain other interests could be one of many signs that a believer is drifting away from God. Eventhough we are fed by His words via available resources online or other tools such as apps or mobile shortcuts, I do believe that there is a huge difference in experiencing His presence in a church where other believers are worshipping, proclaiming His greatness, singing and dancing for Him. But still, we must remember that attending services means nothing unless we hear, receive and apply God's words into our lives. So we must also pay attention to every words and live with it. These past few days, I was so down for no apparent reason, I feel that I lack something and today it was revealed to me . 

Aside from attending services, it is also advisable to read the bible to nourish the soul and get some encouragement. I also lack this part for few months now, I know that I have to relive that burning passion that I used to felt when I was in Singapore. From the bible, I can get all the answers, all the resolutions and the formula to live a life according to His will. The internet has been useful but there is a big impact if you worship Him in the church and rejoice with other believers. It is also a good thing spending time alone with Him with a bible rather than being connected with the new technology and what the world has to offer. In today's verse, the words "drift away" gave a question on my part and it was like a wake up call for me. I was also amazed by His power that despite those things that I lack, He still blessed me and protected me. I believe and I declare that more blessings will be upon to me if I'll just continue the faithfulness, trust and my unending worship to Him. 

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