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!!!
- 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:
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.
Written by Gareth Jones