Continuing my alphabetic rendition for Christian living, D is a good one for the beginning of December.
There are many thing you can devote yourself to in life. I want to highlight some things that will bring you satisfaction and prosperity, maybe not in the way people in general consider prosperity, but what in God’s eyes is a prosperous life.
- Delight yourself in reading the Word of God and meditating on it
- Devote yourself to prayer
- Decide to live in brotherly love and unity
- Dedicate yourself to doing good
Ezra, the priest, who arrived in Jerusalem at the time when Nehemiah was there and rebuilt the walls, devoted himself to:
- Study and
- Observance of the Law of the LORD
- Teaching its decrees and laws in Israel
“For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the LORD, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel” (Ezra 7:10).
According to Acts 2:42, what did the Early Church devote themselves to?
- the apostles’ teaching
- the fellowship
- the breaking of bread
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Colossians 4:2).
What else should we be devoted to? Love and unity!
“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:10).
“Love one another deeply, from the heart” (1 Peter 1:22).
“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1).
Also, in dedicated devotion we do what is good.
Paul reminds Titus about this several times in his letter.
“Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men” (Titus 3:1-2).
“Those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good” (Titus 3:8).
“Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives” (Titus 3:14).
“Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good” (Titus 2:13-14).
Are you and I EAGER to do what is good?
Why is this so important?
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).
“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
Everything has the one sole purpose of honoring our Father!
There is much more to say on this subject, but I hope I have created a Deeper Desire in you for Dedicated Devotion to Doing good.
Let me finish with a father’s charge to his son and his prayer for this son.
David speaking to his son: “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts” (1 Chronicles 28:9).
David speaking to God about his son: “And give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion to keep your commands, requirements and decrees and to do everything to build the palatial structure for which I have provided” (1 Chronicles 29:19).
Let’s turn this prayer personal:
“God, help me to serve you with wholehearted devotion!”