Wholehearted Devotion

Titus 2:12… “And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God” (NLT).

I want to talk to you about your devotion to the Lord. Are you devoted to the Lord fully, once and for all, for His use always? The Bible teaches that anything that has been devoted to the Lord becomes holy (Leviticus 27:28). In Joshua 7:1-11 and 22:20, Israel acted with unfaithfulness in regards to devoted things and were dealt with harshly, especially Achan, by the Lord. The church in the book of Acts grew because the believers devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles, to the fellowship, to communion, and to prayers (Acts 2:42-47). Can you imagine what three thousand devoted church members could accomplish today?

The word “devote” means “to give or apply one’s time, attention, or self entirely to a particular pursuit, cause, or person; to set apart for a specific purpose or use, to set apart as if by a vow or solemn act, to consecrate, to fully give yourself to God, to occupy oneself or one’s efforts to something.” 1 Kings 18:3 tells us that Obadiah was a devoted follower of the Lord. Psalm 86:2 tells of David saying, “Protect me, for I am devoted to you” (NLT). Romans 12:10-13 teaches, “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality” (NASB). In 1 Chronicles 22:17-19, the king encouraged his leaders to devote their hearts to the Lord and begin to build the sanctuary, so that they could bring God’s presence among the people. God’s presence in the church increases the Name of the Lord in the community. In 2 Chronicles 17:6, when Jehoshaphat devoted himself to the Lord, he tore down the high places in Judah. The idols and habits that people held to broke under the power of God’s presence.

Paul, in Titus 3:8, encouraged the saints to be devoted to doing good, so that their lives could be productive and fruitful. Jesus calls this “good works” in Matthew 5:16.

Devotion… Make it your choice and your decision. You will grow, you will prosper, you will be holy unto the Lord… and woe to anyone who touches you to harm you.

Pastor George Belobaba

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