Do you take delight in devotion to the Lord?
The definition of devotion is “love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause.” It is in the loving, being loyal to, and having enthusiasm for, that we actually flesh out the true delight.
In my journey of recalibrating life, I am trying to make everything less complicated and overwhelming. I want it all to be less about doing and more about being. And learning to delight in devotion is totally about being.
First of all, delighting in devotion is about living out loving the Lord.
In Matthew 22:37 (NIV), Jesus tells us to: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all you mind.”
1 John 4:7-8 tells us “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
We can show love to others by giving them honor and respect, giving them praise and encouragement, spending time with them, sharing with them, giving them gifts, and telling them how much they mean to us.
We can show love to the Lord in many of the same ways. We can give Him honor and respect as we go through our lives living out our moments according to His will. Honoring and respecting His name in our words and showing reverence to Him in our choices. We can praise His name as we converse with others and also in our prayers as we talk with Him. We can give Him gifts of sharing our time, of our presence with Him, and of our finances.
Secondly, delighting in devotion is about living loyal to the Lord. When we are loyal to others we show our faithfulness to them. We speak well of them and do not slander them, we keep our promises, and we make ourselves available to them because they matter to us. We journey through life with them.
Ephesians 4:2-3 tells us to “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
The Lord also has something to say about our loyalty to Himself as well.
2 Chronicles 16:9 tells us “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him…”
The Lord desires that His people give their hearts fully to Him. He wants us to be loyal to Him. And He promises in the above verse to reward our faithfulness by showing Himself strong on our behalf. The Lord also wants us to commit our plans to Him.
Proverbs 16:3 reminds us to “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
Proverbs 3:6 explains that we should acknowledge the Lord and He will make our paths straight. God wants us to be obedient like Peter who told those who wanted him to dishonor the Lord, “we must obey God rather than human beings (Acts 5:29).” Our loyalty to the Lord is very important to Him.
Thirdly, delighting in devotion is about enthusiasm for the Lord.
When we are devoted to the Lord we are enthusiastic about our relationship with Him.
Romans 10:11 “Don’t be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.”
In 2 Kings 20:3, Hezekiah tells the Lord, “Remember, LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes…” I want to be able to say this to the Lord as Hezekiah did. I want to walk faithfully with wholehearted devotion.
Titus 2:14 says that we should be eager to do what is good, and 1 Peter 5:2 says that we should be eager to serve.
When you think of devotion, as you consider living out love, loyalty, and enthusiasm, do you see how our delight can be evidenced in these? It is all about living out the devotion and delighting in the opportunities that arise in doing so. Somehow I can’t help but think this is really what the Lord meant all along.