Devotion is being devoted to Christ because He is our all in all. It is aligning our personal desires, our plans, our worship, and our hope with God and His principles. It is an attitude more than an act, a pursuit to be offered to God to give Him glory through our pious, fervent, discipline to His Truth. Devotion is bringing our mind, our will, and our heart to God so our whole life is about seeking Him and His will. This is not about feelings; it is rather who we are to be. It is not about what is around us, our circumstances and stresses; it is about who He is in us and our response to Him with our passionate pursuit (1 Chron. 22:19; Psalm 34:8; Matt. 6:24; Rom. 6:13; 12:10; 14:7- 8; 1 Cor.10:31; Col. 3:1-3, 17, 23).
Neglect, Disregard, and Indifference are the opposites. These bad characters will line us up with the wrong ideas and precepts in life. Our lives will be all about chasing trends, following the crowd, or seeking our desires and not the immutable precepts of our Lord. From a pastor who chases trends instead of feeding his sheep to a businessman who does not honor God in his dealings, all are disregarding what the Christian is built and called to do. This behavior shows an indifference to His Word and a negating of one's duties, thus indicating a devotion to one's own misguided ideas.
If you want to be an effective, growing Christian, you must be solely devoted to Christ, not to a doctrine, an idea, or a cause, but to Him and Him alone! Neither are we to see Him just as a Friend without accepting Him as our LORD. We are to see Jesus as who He is, not who we want Him to be. Devotion comes from being touched by the Spirit and then responding to the supreme love and affection of God. Devotion is set by our confidence and faith in Christ (Heb. 11:6); it sees the hope he has for us. As a result, all that we do in life, whether we eat or drink, at all times, in all places, and in all things, we are to do all for the glory of God.
Is the Character of Devotion working in you?
Here is how you can find out. Take a careful look at this character and fruit of Devotion from God's most precious Word by examining the passages below. Now ask yourself:
1. How do I exhibit a Devotional attitude in my daily life?
2. What can I do to develop a better willingness to pursue Devotion to our Lord?
3. What blocks the attitude of Devotion from working and being exhibited in me?
4. How can I make my mindset of Devotion to function better, stronger and faster even in times of uncertainly and stress?
·Here are positive examples from Scripture: 1 Kings 3:5-10; 15:11-15; 18:3-4; 22:41-44; 2 Kings 12:1-3; 2 Chron.5:1-14; Isaiah 38:1-8; Matt. 26:35; Acts 15:24-29; 2 Tim.1:6
·Here are negative examples from Scripture: Judges 2:10-15; 1 Kings 11:1-6; 14:22-24; 15:34; 18:28; Matt. 26:34,69-75
1.How would you define Devotion? To what are you devoted?
2.How would the desire to live for God improve your relationships? What part does Devotion play in your relationships with church members, friends, co-workers and family?
3.How does Indifference to God and His call impact the attitude of Devotion? What is the cost to others (God, family, friends, neighbors, church family, co-workers, etc.) when you are a person who is focused on selfish interests?
4.What happens to your relationship with God, with others, and with the opportunities God gives you when you fail to glorify Christ?
5.When have you been filled with Devotion for Christ the most?
6.In what situation did you fail to have an attitude of Devotion when you should have?
7.What issue is in your life that would improve with more of a Devotional attitude?
8.Think through the steps you need to take to put Devotion into action in a specific instance, such as, where is Devotion lacking in my Christian walk and what can I do about it? What would it take to have a revival in your heart so you become a person who lives for God? What does your church need to do to become seekers of Christ, placing Him first rather than the ideas and agendas of people?
© 2005, Richard J. Krejcir, Ph.D. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership, www.churchleadership.org