Devotion or Devotions?

Devotion or Devotions?

“Devotion” or Devotions?

Father God, help us to be more submissive to you in Jesus Name, Amen.

Hope you had a beautiful Easter celebration? We thank God for mercies.

This title is something I had dealt with before, but like it is said, repetition is the key to learning.

Devotion or Devotions (with an ‘S’) This Devotion matter is something the You +1’d this publicly.

American revivalist preacher and educator Charles G. Finney (1792-1875) once said and I quote

Devotion is that state of the heart in which everything – our whole life, being, and possessions – are a continual offering to God, that is, they are continually devoted to God. True devotion must be the supreme devotion of the will, extending out to all we have and are – to all times, places, employments, thoughts, and feelings.

We read in I Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” and “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.Colossians 3:17 Again And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto menColossians 3:17, 23 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himselfand ”For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.Romans 14:7-8

 

These Scriptures reveal the true nature of what devotion to God really is. I intend to highlight a few things about this subject.

  1. 1. True devotion to God, what it is not.
  2. 2. True devotion to God, what it
  3. 3. Devotion, and nothing short of devotion, is true Christianity.
  4. 4. Common mistakes we make on this subject.
  5. A. What True Devotion To God Is Not.
  1. Devotion (Minus the ‘S’) does not consist of reading the Bible, praying, nor attending church services and departmental meetings. These may or may not be specific instances of devotion, but are not to be regarded as Devotion itself.
  2. Devotion (Minus the ‘S’) does not consist of a private or public commitment of our lives to God. These are to be regarded as special acts – pledges or promises of Devotion – but they are not Devotion in itself.
  3. Devotion (Minus the ‘S’) does not consist of individual acts or exercises of any kind. These may indeed be Devotional acts, that is, “acts of devotion,” but let it be remembered that no act or exercise in themselves constitute Devotion.
  1. B. This is True Devotion To God.

But first, one question, what’s your idea of a committed pastor’s duty? Let your own idea of what a committed pastor ought to be illustrate what I’m talking about. If you believe a pastor’s job is all about doing things to glorify God and nothing less or else his service cannot be acceptable to God. His life style on and off the pulpit, in thought and deeds are all about giving God the gory. Or else it will not be an offering nor Devotion to God, but to himself.

 

If these are your views on the subject, they are very correct. At this point where you have no personal interest, you form a right judgment and decide correctly concerning the character and destiny of such a man.

Well, I’ve got news for you.  You see, that is exactly what your standard of devotion should be and nothing short of it! Bear it in mind that no particular acts or zeal or gushings of emotion or resolutions to change, or promises of future obedience constitute Devotion.

 

Devotion (singular) is that state of the will in which the mind is swallowed up in God as the object of its supreme affection in which we not only live and move in God, but for God. In other words, Devotion is that state of mind in which the attention is diverted from self and self-seeking, to God and God seeking. The thoughts, purposes, desires, affections, and emotions all hanging upon, and devoted to, Him.

  1. C. Devotion, And Nothing Short Of Devotion, Is True Christianity.

Devotion and True Religion are Identical.

  1. Note this; it is impossible for us not to be devoted to the object of our supreme affection. If it’s your car, spouse, child, work or whatever it may be, you would give it your most. You will always want to improve on them, make them look and feel better as the case may be. How much time do you Devote to your fellowship with God? If we love God supremely, He will be the reason for which we live. “For in him we live, and move, and have our being;” Acts 17:28a. If an individual loves God supremely, he will be as conscious that he lives for God if he must live at all!
  2. Nothing short of this can be acceptable to God. Unless Devotion is a habit or a state of mind, unless our whole being is an offering to God, then He must have a rival in our hearts. This is not acceptable, for He is a jealous God. Scripture says “Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous GodExodus 20:5a and He demands that you “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment” Mark 12:30. That is your whole being. Attempts to please Him by isolated acts of Devotion (when it is not the habit and state of our minds) is far more abominable than for a wife to attempt to please her husband with an occasional smile, while she lives only to please and gain the affections of another man.

I’m just trying to draw your attention to the fact that most times we think we are devoted to God but the truth is we are just devoted to ourselves. We can easily miss it thinking we are “cool” just because we do some religious ‘rituals” like church activities and the ritualistic ceremonies we perform every day, some half hazard.

This is the bottom line. The Devotions (with an ‘S’, plural) to church activities do not bring us close to God like it should, rather the opposite. That is because we concentrate on building whatever that thing is, getting all stressed up in it. God demands our Devotion NOT necessarily Devotions (with the S) to Him in all things (fellowship) at all times because that was why He created us in the first place “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Revelation 4:11

We are to return our lives back to Him in selfless commitment, like He did for us on the Cross of Calvary. But He cannot force you to be devoted to Him. It has to be from your heart, willingly.

Can you imagine something you made or bought with your money always trying to tell you when it wants to do the job you made or bought it for? It’s unheard of right? But we do it to the Lord very often. He bought us with a price because He loves us and we are to serve Him in appreciation of this. “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:20 “Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men” 1 Corinthians 7:23 in return He “services us” for maintenance.

Would it amaze you to know that religious or church activities happen to be the last on God’s priority list for the believer? Go through Ephesians 5 & 6, Colossians 2-4 Paul laid it all out there for us to see. Starting with your personal relationship with God, then your spouse (if married) Children next then the job that you do that provides food on your table and lastly religious or church activities. If you do not have a spouse or child, simply skip it. That is how much He desires you with Him. You will find the detailed explanation on my website. The address is above

They have “perfect peace whose minds are thus stayed upon God” Isaiah 26:3 in an attitude of constant devotion. It is impossible that you would not have peace, for Devotion implies and includes peace.

And now you can ask yourself, do you really have the spirit of true Devotion? Don’t answer me, “I hope so,” for nothing but a conscious awareness should satisfy you for a moment. If you are devoted to God, you know it – and if you are not conscious of being devoted to God, it is because you are simply not devoted to Him.

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. Galatians 6:7-8

The literal Greek translation reads “whatever a man is in the habit of sowing is what he will be in the habit of reaping”

May the Lord help us to be who He really wants us to be as we humbly submit our will to Him, Amen.

 

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