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10th November 2023


Devote yourselves

As the Lord’s people we are to wholly devote themselves to Him & several other things too.
We have investigated a number of differing areas where we need to pay attention.
They basically fall into 3 areas – the Lord, one another & developing our Spiritual lives.
To conclude this TFD series a few thoughts about each of these 3 areas today.


so that you may live worthily of the Lord and please him in all respects – bearing fruit in every good deed, growing in the knowledge of God, Colossians 1:10 NET Bible


Devoted to the Lord

If we are wholly devoted to the Lord we will serve Him & walk in a worthy manner.
Our motivation & desire is to live in a way that pleases our heavenly Father.
We live & walk in relationship with Father, Son & Spirit rather than from the rules & regulations of religion.
Imitating & obeying them will bring integrity & righteousness into our lives.

Devoted to each other

We are to be firstly devoted to Lord & then to our brothers & sisters in Christ.
Loving, respecting & honouring one another as equals. Developing & deepening the bonds of family & friendship.
Sharing our lives as family on mission together. Mutual love, support, encouragement & affirmation.
Worshipping, witnessing, fellowshipping, eating meals, breaking bread, praying & adhering to Scripture & Apostolic doctrine TOGETHER.
When we truly love one another, we are distinguished as Christ’s disciples (John 13:34-35).

Devoted to developing our Spiritual lives

We devlope in our Christian lives by giving ourselves to prayer, fellowship with other Christians, Bible reading & communing with the Lord.
We must also make sure we stay aligned with Apostolic doctrine & not allow ourselves to drift into error or heresy.
Being part of a worshipping Christian community & witnessing together with others strengthens us in our faith.
We grow through relationship with the Lord & we grow with the support & encouragement of other believers.
It is important that our desire is to grow & keep going deeper with Christ (Philippians 3:12-16).

May we be those who are seeking to be devoted in all these ways.
Growing in God, helping each other to grow in the Christian life & going together to make Christ known.
Growing as individuals & growing as the Body of Christ. Hallelujah!!!

For Reflection

  • In what ways am I paying attention to each of these 3 areas in my life?
  • How am I seeking to grow in my Christian life & knowledge of Christ?
  • Meditate upon the attention, attitudes & action we require to be truly devoted unto the Lord & His people.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that You call me wholly unto Yourself,
And also to be fully committed to Your family.
Jesus lead me in the way everlasting,
Draw me deeper & deeper into intimacy & friendship with You.
Holy Spirit give me daily grace, strength & courage,
To keep devoting myself unto the Lord, His people & the development of my Christian life.
This I ask in Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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