While the term departed usually refers to the deceased, depart has a slightly different meaning. When you remove the ed, this word applies to an individual who abandons, deserts or exits the current path that they are on. Thus, the question arises, what causes someone to deviate from the life they cherish.
Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk, 1 Timothy 1:6.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much to distract the average person from vanishing off the straight and narrow. Jesus refers to a broad road that leads to destruction. Meanwhile, the apostle Paul takes a different angle. As a believer begins to waver in their faith, conversation is an obvious indicator. The longer someone goes without tapping into prayer or plugging into God’s Word, the sooner meaningless talk will approach.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it,” Matthew 7:13.
The point of this blog is to be careful that you don’t get lured into a false sense of security. Whether you are currently standing tall or on the verge of indulging into sinful pleasures, it doesn’t take much to fall away. Therefore, be wise in the choices and decisions that you make or you may be the next unlikely candidate to depart from the faith.
by Jay Mankus