Are you facing challenges? Are you sick and tired of them? Are you full of questions and doubt? Have you cried out to the Lord many times and it just seems like He’s not answering or moving slowly? I know the feeling. I’ve been there. And, there is one word I want to speak into your life today. That word is devotion.
What does “devotion” mean?
1. profound dedication;
2. set apart for a particular assignment or purpose;
3. extreme attachment to a cause or person.
The greatest commandment is to love the Lord with your whole heart, soul, and mind. As with any other area, it takes time to grow in this area. However, I want you to use this time to take stock of your level of devotion to God. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
How much time do you spend reading God’s Word?
How much time do you spend in prayer?
Do you come to God in an attitude of worship or are you only coming to ask or complain?
Devotion is making room for God.
Is the Bible your authority or do you see its instructions as optional? (For instance, the Bible warns us against fornication yet there are many Christian couples who live together outside of marriage.)
What is the center of your life? Your work, school, friends, spending time with family? All are important! However, it’s easy to become so distracted by these activities that you leave God out.
Do you make plans and then ask God to bless them? Or, do you seek His will?
I can talk about devotion because there was a time in my life when I loved reading magazines, watching TV and going shopping more than I loved God. There is nothing wrong with these activities, but they were in front of God. I preferred doing them to spending time with the Lord. I wondered why I wasn’t as blessed as I wanted to be. The Lord checked me on my level of devotion to Him.
I had to work on this. I…
…made myself pick up the Bible when my flesh preferred to watch a movie
…curtailed the shopping because I often spent money I didn’t have.
…practiced talking to God throughout the day.
Devotion is about making room for God. I recommend starting your day off with God. Get up a little earlier and spend time with Him. Read from a devotional. Use a Bible reading plan, etc. Spend time in prayer and worship. Jesus wants you to ask. In fact, the Bible tells you to. BUT part of the asking should be in learning His plan for your life, not just telling Him about all the things you want.
You can’t close off God and then ask Him to bless you. When He comes, He brings ALL of Himself. You can’t take the gifts and not the Giver. That’s what the world does. Everyone wants peace, joy and more, but they don’t want God’s presence. But that’s what we as God’s children should prize above all else: HIM. He makes life worth living. HE is the true blessing!