As the Lord’s people we are called to wholehearted devotion unto Him.
With all our hearts we are to Love the Lord, Trust the Lord, Obey the Lord, Praise the Lord & Work for the Lord.
Caleb is a striking example of someone who wholly followed the Lord.
He succeeded, where so many others failed, because he was ‘of a different spirit’.
It works the same for us – we have the Spirit to help, support & strengthen us.
Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day,
because he wholly followed the Lord God of Israel. Joshua 14:14
But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it. Numbers 14:24
To wholly follow the Lord will need us to apply ourselves to:
Concentrate – We need to be constantly committed to giving our all unto the Lord.
This requires great concentration & dedication. Constant focus & desire.
Paul was aways striving to lay hold of all that Christ had laid hold of him for (Philippians 3:13).
Completeness (focus) – we are to follow with undivided hearts unreservedly & without hesitation.
This requires constant focus, attention & awareness. Giving Him all that we have & yielding all that we are.
Ever looking & moving forward with no going back (Luke 9:23-27, 57-62).
Constancy – It is a never-ending quest & process with no let up. 24/7/365!!
We are called to serve the Lord daily. To follow Him all the time & keep on following Him day after day.
We all struggle as Peter (Luke 22:33-34 cf Luke 22:54-62), & many others, have struggled in this realm.
None of us can do all of the above well enough in our own strength.
We therefore need a special Companion to assist & strengthen us.
The great news for us as disciples of Jesus is that we are promised the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17).
He is the key providing the guidance, strength & means that enable us to succeed.
In, & through, the Spirit we can offer up wholehearted devotion to the Lord.
Our special Companion is the comforter, the advocate, the counsellor & the helper.
The key to wholehearted devotion is to be led & guided by the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit filled life brings the breakthrough we need to offer the required service (worship & witness).
Be comforted that your companion, the comforter & counsellor, will help you be wholly devoted unto the Lord.
- In what ways am I glorifying God in my service & work?
- How is my relationship with the Holy Spirit going?
- Meditate upon the requirements of wholehearted devotion.
A song related to this theme:
Thank you for Your great love for me & the constant grace You extend to me.
Lord Jesus thank you that You gave Your all for me.
Holy Spirit my companion, comforter & counsellor,
Lead & guide me into ever deeper devotion unto the Lord.
This is ask In Jesus mighty Name.
Written by Gareth Jones