Devotion To God

J. D. Conley
February 19, 2017

Devotion to God is comprised of a strict set of joyful requirements. Jesus set forth what these requirements are when He said, "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment" (Mark 12:30). One cannot make the claim to be devoted to God unless they can truthfully say they love the Lord to this degree. Devotion to God is easily claimed but not easily accomplished. If one fails to obey this Commandment, which is the first and the greatest, then how can salvation be theirs? Being devoted to God involves much more than not doing wrong. However, devotion to God will enable one to not only resist evil but to also do good. Note the following ways in which devotion to God can be exercised daily.

1. Put God first at the beginning of the day. Rise early, forgoing breakfast, to spend half an hour reading the Scriptures and praying, (1Timothy 4:13; Luke 18:1).

2. Select a verse or a passage of Scripture for meditation through the day. Try to commit it to memory and where it is recorded, (Psalm 119:11).

3. Make a list of the good things you wish to accomplish during the day. Such as visiting the sick, a widow, making a phone call to check on a brother or sister who has missed worship services, (James 1:27; Acts 10:38).

4. Set aside some time during the day and night to retire to some quiet place for prayer, "Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice” (Psalm 55:17).

5. Pray with your spouse, (1 Peter 3:7). Be spiritual partners as Aquila and Priscilla.

6. Make a special effort to keep seeking the salvation of family members by prayer and correspondence. Remind them they have a soul about which to be concerned, (Matthew 16:26).

7. Avoid going places where temptation to sin is present, (James 4:7; 2Peter 3:9). If you find yourself being tempted remember to take "the way of escape," (1 Corinthians 10:13).

8. Plead in prayer with God for more conversions to the Gospel of Christ. Be sure to do your part in teaching others, (Mark 16:15).

Be Devoted To God!