People do not drift toward holiness.  Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord.  We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith.  We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.    
  
-D.A. Carson  
 
   
Talk to a skilled sailor and they will tell you that you can’t get to a desired location by simply drifting.  You need a few things in order to sail.  I mean what good are sails if you don’t set them?   
 
I have been at this occupation of following Jesus for over half my life now and if I have learned anything it is this—I am prone to wander as are my brothers and sisters in Christ.  It is nothing for me to coast—settle—and even flee.  God knows it.  So what good does it do me to hide it or deny it?  What I need to acknowledge is my need for God’s grace if I am going to get anywhere in becoming more like Jesus.  Without his grace I simply drift directionless.  Simply put—God’s grace is the wind that powers my sails.  I don’t need to make more efforts—that has gotten me no where.  What I need is God’s grace.
 
 1 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. 2For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, 4 while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.            (Hebrews 2:1-4, ESV)
 
For as long as I can remember I have struggled with the question—How does God’s grace and my efforts to grow in Christlikeness co-exist?  And what I have learned is quite simple: My findings undeniably tell me that my efforts have to be grace-driven (as Carson eludes to in the quote above). 
  
My prayer becomes not Help me try more God—but Please give me more grace so that I can grow in Your grace. 
  
Drifting becomes much more difficult when that happens.    
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