Drift is dangerous. Nothing about the way of Jesus is automatic to us at first. When we turn discipleship on autopilot, we will drift off in a thousand different directions. Following Jesus demands some intentionality & awareness. Here are three diagnostic questions to ask yourself when you begin to notice drift in your life.
Revisit: What is forming me on a daily basis?
Our digital world is discipling us. The hours of content we consume is catechizing us into someone we probably don’t want to become. Instead, our heart and mind should be captive to the way of Jesus, filled with moral imagination and deep passion. These sorts of people reveal His Kingdom in the world. Taking control of our daily digital intake is one way to partner with God in being formed Spiritually.
Reengage: Where is the frontline of faith?
Jen Wilkin says, “I’m surprised that Christians think we just drift into holiness.” We often look at Kingdom obedience as big and momentous things, like moving overseas or leading a small group. But the frontline of faith is found in the everyday acts of loyalty to King Jesus. Where is this frontline for you? How can you “do the word” in a tangible way today?
Relate: Who am I bound to?
We need committed relationships, the kind found among the Church. I’ve been reading through the prison letters of German pastor & martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer. While in prison, the strength of his relationships was indispensable to his own well-being. He was bound to his family and friends like we should be: confessing sin, sharing joy & sorrow, expressing doubt & hope, living well together.