Friday, February 1, 2013

Devoted to God by Martin Wiles

Series: Living the Good Life

He was passionate about his passions, and his dedication resulted in excellence.

Dad was devoted to his favorite hobby…woodworking. He could take a raw piece of wood and turn it into anything he wanted…eventually. Since he was a perfectionist in everything he did, he would have never made a profit selling his wares. Every inch was sanded to perfection, each nail or screw head disguised, every edge flush to point, and each piece varnished to a perfect shine. If there was a flaw, you’d never discover it.

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

Devotion to God may be an obvious part of the Christian walk, but it doesn’t automatically occur. Spiritual living must be actively pursued the same way we normally chase others things that hold personal interest. Through the act of repentance, we renounce our sin and evil desires, but success in actually living apart from them takes concentrated effort on our part. Dad studied patterns, learned from others and by experience, and devoted enormous chunks of time to his hobby before he became an expert. I’ve learned devotion to God requires the same.

Following Jesus’ pattern of living, associating with others who will encourage us, and time in God’s Word and prayer will sand off any rough spots in our commitment to God. Let God point you to any areas in your life that need a little time and attention so your devotion level can shine. Famous pastor and theologian, Charles Spurgeon, once said, "So, as we grow in grace, other things sink and Jesus rises. They must decrease, but Christ must increase; until he alone fills the full horizon of your soul."

Prayer: Merciful Lord Jesus, may our devotion to You mirror the dedication You had to us by the giving of Your life for our sins.

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