Psalm 18:1-3 “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD, who spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul: And he said, I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.”
Duty and devotion.
Duty is to do that which is owed, or that which is commanded for us to obey. It is the fulfillment of an obligation.
Devotion on the other hand, is our dedication, our consecration, and our worship.
At the heart of duty is obedience. At the heart of devotion is love.
It is because I love God that I will devote my life to Him. In that same love, I see my duty toward Him and even that which is my duty can become devotion. It is because my love for God can grow to such a place that whatsoever I would do, I would do knowing that it would please my God.
Religion presses its followers into duty.
Biblical Christianity presses into devotion.
I can do that which is my duty to do without it ever engaging my heart. But when it comes to devotion, that which I do must engage my heart.
We say that reading our Bibles and praying is our devotion to God – not if it does not reach the eighteen inch distance from my head to my heart. Reading slowly. Reading for content. Reading to answer the all important – WIIFM, or What’s In It For Me. Meditating. Contemplating. Communicating with the Author with questions regarding its application to our lives.
My devotion to my Heavenly Father takes engagement on my part. It takes energy, focus and desire. Prayer without passion is empty. It becomes the reading off of our lists to God, not an impassioned plea for an answer from Heaven.
Can you imagine with me for a moment…
What if my church; your church, would have its members come with true, heartfelt devotion to your services today? Desiring to worship in spirit and in truth. Craving the presence of God in such a way that prayers would precede their coming; asking God to use the preacher or their pastor to speak directly to their needs?
What if our devotion to our God each morning would bring us into His very near presence to the place we could carry such an encouraging spirit into our home at the breakfast table? Into our workplace for that coworker who is struggling, or that one who is lost and seeking an answer?
Devotion of such magnitude could literally change our world because it would change us.
So, I ask myself as I ask you – How much do you, or do I desire to be changed?
Happy Lord’s Day!