Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus. Hebrews 3:1 NIV
Last time we looked at five things that contribute to drifting spiritually. There are many more ways, knowing that the world, the flesh and the devil all work against our spiritual growth. Since I listed five things that contribute to drifting, I’ll answer with five ways to combat the drift:
- Fix our thoughts, hearts and eyes on Jesus. I love that word, “fix.” There are several verses with the words fix and set. Picture yourself being stuck to Jesus like glue. You’re fixed to Him. Colossians 3:1-3 tell us to set our minds and hearts on things above, and Hebrews 12:2 also tells us (NIV wording again) to “fix our eyes on Jesus.” It takes an intentional mindset to keep looking at Jesus in the Word, in our worship and in prayer. Tell yourself to get your eyes and thoughts off of yourself, off of others and to fix them on Jesus.
- The Holy Spirit. The good news is that we have been given the power of the Holy Spirit to work in our lives to overcome those things that pull us down and cause us to drift. Galatians 5:16 announces, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
- Fellowship with like minded believers. In 2 Timothy 2:22 we are told to “flee youthful passions, to pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” That means you purposely place yourself around people who are fixed on Jesus. If you can’t find any to hang around, then read their blogs, their books, listen to their sermons or worship songs.
- Learn to worship. Good worship music draws our thoughts and hearts to Jesus. Don’t listen to garbage music that doesn’t do so. Worship just doesn’t have to include singing or listening to music. Include the Psalms in your diet. Memorize and meditate on them. True worship changes our affections, drawing them away from the things of the world to heavenly things.
- Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly. That means reading, studying, meditating on and memorizing the Bible. For me, the closest link to drifting spiritually is when I get too busy, distracted or undisciplined to be in the Word. It means I am living my life in my own strength, in the flesh, and I am dead meat when I do that. The verse from the hymn, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” is so true: “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it; prone to leave the God I love.”
O Lord, keep me from wandering and drifting. Daily pull me back to Your heart. Draw and fix my thoughts on Jesus. Fill me with Your power to walk in the Spirit and to stick to Jesus like glue.