Keeping the knot tight

Morning all

Its been a while since I added a blog but this one for me really helps me to remember my faith at work during times of intense activity at work.

Proverbs 21 v 16 says this “A man who wanders from the way of understanding will rest in the assembly of the dead.”

Notice the use of the word “wanders.” As a Christian we do not ordinarily deliberately plan to go astray, but whether we do or do not, regardless of the intention, the result is the same.

Hebrews 2:1-3 provides an illustration in which there is no deliberate intention to sin:

“Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him.”

The metaphor in “lest we drift away” is of a boat slipping its moorings and drifting away, caught in the currents it was tied against. Paul makes clear that the spiritual drifting is the result of neglecting the priorities set by our calling into the Kingdom of God, just as a boat will drift away if it is not tied securely. Other parts of the book of Hebrews show that neglect becomes a factor when one is not consciously living a purposely directed life. The epistle’s recipients were neglectfully drifting through life.

So for me, work is always a bit manic (more than usual ha ha) in December as we enter the period by when ££ targets that should have been hit by year end need to be hit! Senior staff members ask constantly how the last few weeks look and ask almost daily!

This tension can easily cause me as a Christian to drift away from “my moorings”, and away from “the Rock”.

So the advice I give myself at times like this is to INCREASE the quiet times I have with my Bible and with Christ and not to decrease them so that  I maintain clarity as to the purpose of life that Christ has given me!

Have a good week

Mark

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