Be Devoted To God

BE DEVOTED TO GOD

 “I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restrain upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the LORD.”  – 1 Corinthians 7:35

“No one can serve two masters for either he will hate the one and love the other or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” – Matthew 6:24

The word devotion means profound dedication; earnest attachment to a cause or a person. Our ability to serve God is directly related to our trust and commitment that we have put in his values and his priorities. In the two passages mentioned above we see that God is concerned that we be singularly devoted to him and that we not put other things before him. He is a jealous God (Exodus 20:5) and wants our undivided loyalty.  This is expressed in the Scripture that says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6:5).

A lack of devotion to God can lead to wrong values and can create wrong priorities and wrong pursuits.  James reminds us that a double minded man is unstable in all of his ways (James 1:8).  To be devoted to God means that we choose his values, his priorities and pursue his desires for us.  God said, “I know the plans I have for you . . . plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

We live out God’s plans for us through our devotion to him and our devotion to him is seen in how we behave in our relationship and our service to God.  Cornelius “a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort” (Acts 10:1) gives us a glimpse of what devotion means.  He was a “devout man” because he “feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God” (Acts 10:2).   We should be singularly committed to God and his purpose for our life.

The Scriptures teach us to “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.  Cleanse your hands you sinners and purify your hearts, you double minded” (James 4:8).  Our devotion to God is a matter of the heart, of having a proper attitude toward God and our attitude toward God is demonstrated by the devotion that we have to God.  Our devotion to Him is developed through practice just as other virtuous habits are developed in our life. Spending time with God every day is crucial to developing a deeper devotion to his purposes for our life.

Do you truly love God?  Are you seeking His purpose for your life?  Make the resolve in your heart to be devoted to Him and glorify Him through your worship and service.

 – Bruce Leonard