There is a word in Christianity that can be associated with a very stinging, religious, dutiful, and even pharisaical meaning if we let it. That word is DEVOTION. I don’t know about anyone else, but it makes me immediately think of the very men that Jesus often chided during his day. You know, the Mark 12:38-40 guys: “Jesus also taught: Beware of these teachers of religious law! For they like to parade around in flowing robes and receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces…”
If ever there was a group of men that was devoted, it was this group. They were loyal, sold-out, and fixated on pursuing one purpose for their lives. They gave of their time, their efforts, and their money to this one single cause. They were extremely passionate at meeting and achieving this one thing—exalting themselves above the love of God toward His people.
These men were the prime example of taking instruction and doing it wrong. They understood what God wanted and they knew how to get there. But yet they lacked THE key ingredient—the one ingredient that, if missing, makes all of their loyalty, devotion, passion, sacrifice, time, and education of the Word completely dead. They forgot love – love of God and love of people. Love fuels the selflessness that makes us take a break from studying the Scriptures and put into action what we’ve just read. And then love makes us passionate to go back to the Word again and find out how to become an even better agent of change in God’s world so we can go back out and put into action what we’ve just read! It should be a beautiful cycle. If we stop at either of these points, we need to examine why we stopped, and then continue the cycle. Love and devotion, devotion and love—one truly lacks without the other. When we put them both into action, privately and publicly, then His kingdom expands.
What are your thoughts on DEVOTION? Let me know in the comments below!