A life of devotion, what does that mean?
I know in my own life that it has often not looked how it should. Despite the songs I’ve sung in church, the messages I’ve been privileged to preach to his people. I have fallen short of the devotion that I wish to give to God. I don’t say this as a pity party, but to state that a life of devotion is not predicated by perfection.
This is the beauty of the Gospel:
Since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus – Rom 3:23-24
A life of devotion means coming back to the cross.
I tend to agree with A. W Pink who said:
The Christian who has stopped repenting has stopped growing.
I’ve had a number of conversations lately with people who honestly want to grow in their relationship with God. I’ve encouraged them that this is exactly what is required! If we honestly come before God without pretence and admit out faults, we are participating in a life of devotion.
Jesus taught us what this looks like:
“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.” – Luke 18:10-14
We as human beings have such a tendency to want to justify ourselves, to say ‘look what I have done’, ‘look what I have achieved’!
This is not part of a life of devotion…
If what you are reading right now is making you feel uncomfortable, that’s a good thing. I’m uncomfortable writing it. I believe that this is the Holy Spirit at work making us aware of our need to come to Jesus.
For this is what God intended:
This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.” – John 6:40
Come to Jesus afresh today, embrace a life of devotion. Put aside any ideas of justifying yourself and repent. I know I have to.