“Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.” Hebrews 2:1
There is an inevitable drift away from the things of God when we fail to give them their proper attention on a daily basis. The tsunami of evil present in the world, the forces of darkness at work on every side, are obvious and avoidable, mostly, but the subtle trajectory of inattention to worship, prayer, study, and serving can be as damaging in the end as a tidal wave of sin.
Busyness is the enemy of intimacy. To know GOD as “Father” requires time and effort, the intentional laying aside of many good things to choose the best (think Mary and Martha here). Have you gotten to the end of a day only to realize that all you spent your time on were petty things? Duty is duty and work must be done, but what about the inner life, the interior of your being that is or can be in constant communion with the One who knows and loves you most of all?
I realize often that I have drifted into a dutiful service to God rather than a loving response to Him. It doesn’t take much to get distracted from the course, an annoyance here or a resentment there, but, by the same token, it doesn’t take much to get back on track, either. James tells us to “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8). When we take just one small step towards Him, He bolts toward us a million miles an hour to forgive, heal, and restore.
Catch my drift? You can’t. You can only catch your own as I must catch my own before my closeness to Him is disrupted and precious time lost. It may seem like a small thing, but one step towards Him now opens the door to all the riches that He has stored up for you (and me) in Christ.