Every believer in Christ should be devoted to the Lord. In order to make it into the Kingdom of God, we must live in devotion to Him, walking in holiness. “For without holiness, no one will see the Lord.” (See Hebrews 12:14). In order to love Jesus, we must obey Him. The Word makes this clear. ( See John 14:15) In fact, we are not true Christians if we don’t take up our cross and follow Him. (See Matthew 16:24). We should be walking on the narrow way if we have truly been born again. What other reason would you call yourself a Christian, if you are not following the Lord? I don’t want to get into who’s a Christian and who’s not. I do want to encourage every Christ-follower to be devoted to the Lord. Living in devotion to the Lord will gain blessing now and eternally. Here, I list a few Bible verses that speak of devotion to the Lord, expounding on them a bit. Open your heart to Him. Let Him speak to you and move your heart toward Him.
“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
The love of money is the root of all evil. Most people count success as having a lot of money. When you’re paid, you have more options of what you can do, so the world will call that freedom. We can’t esteem our finances above our trust in the Lord. Being content with what you have doesn’t mean you have to be poor, but it does mean you shouldn’t fall in love with money and you shouldn’t strive for money to the point of not trusting the Lord to take care of you. Essentially, you shouldn’t get to the point that you are saying, “Look what I did,” versus “Thank you, Jesus.”
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” (Matthew 6:21)
When we are truly devoted to the Lord, we will acknowledge that this world is not our home. If so, then we should be striving to gain eternal treasure in the Kingdom of God. If you don’t belong to this world, you shouldn’t attach yourself to the things of this world. If you are working for the Lord, not tiring of doing good and living a life of prayer, your treasure is in Heaven! Learn to change your train of thought and think heavenly-minded. Admittedly, this is not easy for me. I tend to think of what I need to do day to day. But I am working on it. I want to please the Lord, so I seek Him and do my best to make sure I am doing what pleases Him. We must let our minds be transformed by the Word! (Romans 12:2)
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Colossians 3:12-14
The Word of God teaches us how to please the Lord and make it to Heaven. This includes pleasing Him with our attitudes and behavior. We must live in repentance (because we all exhibit sinful behavior at some point) and let the Word rule us. I mentioned being transformed by the renewing of your mind, pertaining to our thought life. This goes for our behavior as well. If we are able to change our thoughts, it will show in our behavior. When living in devotion to the Lord, we will become more like Him as we spend time in His presence. We must love others and show them compassion and mercy, the same way we want to be treated. If we don’t treat people with love, we can not claim to love God. (See 1 John 4:19-21)
Not one of us is perfect, apart from the sanctifying work of the blood of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. We will not be made perfect until we get to Heaven and see Jesus. 1 John 3:2 says, “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” But here and now, we should be setting our minds on things above (See Colossians 3:2) and moving toward holiness (See 1 Peter 1:16). I pray that this post encouraged you to be more devoted in your relationship with the Lord and to seek His will for your life. The Lord wants your whole heart! I am praying for you.