What is devotion? What are we called to be devoted to? How can we be devoted? Why should we be devoted?
Webster’s Dictionary defines Devote as “committing by a solemn act.”
Devotion, I have found, is a weighty word. It’s a constant choice. It’s putting actions to our believes and our calling. It’s selflessness. It’s giving and pouring out of yourself. It’s rooting for those around you, even when their not deserving. It’s walking in love.
As the Lord has given me the opportunity to walk alongside people here in the valley, I have realized that it often calls me out of my comfort zone. Sitting with children and wives as they have found out that their husband and father has been unfaithful. Embracing a 14 year old girl who just had a baby two months early. Confronting family in Christ about sin. Forgiving. Asking for forgiveness. Praying with patients in the hospital who have been waiting for weeks to have surgeries. Entering into relationships with people who will disappoint you and whom you will disappoint. Stepping into the brokenness and the mess takes devotion. It’s not easy but it’s worth it.
It’s worth it because YOU’RE worth it. Christ was devoted to bringing about our salvation – He loves us, we are His children. It’s worth it because HE’S worth it. He acted even when it was hard – on our behalf. He gave when we didn’t have anything to give Him. He not only was, but still is committed to bringing about our sanctification until the day it’s completed. We are called to be devoted because of His devotion for us.
Yet, we can’t commit well to what He’s called us to, until we’ve fully committed to Him. From our Savior’s devotion to us we are enabled through His Spirit to be devoted to Him…and through our devotion to Him we discover our calling and the strength to be devoted to His people and those He’s called us to serve.
As I have discovered and uncovered the deep brokenness where Jesus has called me to serve it increases my drive and desire – my devotion – to Him, His Kingdom, and what He’s up to here in Nicaragua…in a small valley called Los Rios.
My prayer echoes that of one in The Valley of Vision:
May his comforts cheer me in my sorrows, his strength sustain me in my trials, his blessings revive me in my weariness, his presence render me a fruitful tree of holiness, his might establish me in peace and joy, his incitements make me ceaseless in prayer, his animation kindle in me undying devotion.
By His grace may it be true.
How is He calling you into deeper devotion to Himself and those He has called you to? How is He gentling reminding you of His sweet, never-ending devotion to you? How is this precious reminder call us to praise His glorious, holy Name…?
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man wholooks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself andgoes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looksinto the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearerwho forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. James 1:22-25
Walking with you in loving devotion, by His grace,