He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
Devoted– loyal, affectionate, zealous, faithful, strongly attached
To what do you give your devotion?
Did you know that the devotion Christ asks of you in scripture can never equal the devotion he pours out on you? Never. He’s divine and we are human. His loyalty to us and affection towards us can never be matched. Yet, he still longs for our unequalled devotion.
You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Can you hear the Lord’s supernatural devotion to you in these verses? His devotion, that can’t be equaled, (Greek- PROSKARTERESIS) -unremitting care, his perseverance towards us, his steadfast and constant readiness. He is so worthy of our loyalty. He has proven himself devote-able.
I am so thankful for all those beautiful ladies who joined us at our Out of our Minds– DEVOTED renewal event this past weekend. Thank you to Amy Mahaffey, Julie Pierpont and Pastor Adam Widecan who ushered us into worship right from the beginning. You can find all those great worship songs right here on our website under the Music tab.
As you start this year, I pray that you will take some time to reflect and see all the ways God has shown his devotion to you. Thank him for his faithfulness and constant care towards you. Thank him for the invitation he gives you to be devoted- strongly attached- to him in prayer (Colossians 4:2), brotherly love (Romans 12:10) and the apostles’ teaching (Acts 2:42).
As you pray, tell him of your affection towards him. I was convicted as I listen to Cindi speak about devoted time in prayer, realizing that I have spent more time lately asking God to show his devotion to me than I have spent in expressing my loyalty and faithfulness to him. I was challenged by Elaine to always be a student of the Word and can’t wait to dive into a new study on Hebrews this week. And don’t forget to “one- another” (fellowship) like the church in Acts.
All those wonderful ministries we learned about are highlighted right here on our THRIVE site. It has been exciting to hear how God has already used these women and their stories to inspire those listening to get busy being devoted to one another in brotherly love (Romans 12:10). In fact, after hearing about the Broken Bus Friday night, one event participant hopped on the bus Saturday afternoon for her first trip downtown to serve with the ministry. I heard about 2 gals who met at the event and didn’t even know they were neighbors. Now, they are planning their new neighborhood outreach dinner! God is so cool!
If you enjoyed Matthew West’s “Do Something” video, take another look:
I also like this version:
I’d love to hear how God spoke to you at the renewal event this weekend.
Out of my mind with lots of love for Him!