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The Pillars of a Devoted Life

Swearing allegiance to Jesus as Lord is a major decision that results in nothing less than a radical reorientation of who you are and how you live.  Add in the challenges of work, family and daily life and it’s remarkable that anyone makes it longer than a week as a Christ follower. How can we possibly stay enthusiastically devoted to the Lord when life gets so exhaustingly mundane?

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Image via harvestwoodhull.org

Worth the Time

People tend to derive their greatest satisfaction from the causes they deem most worthy of their devotion.  Graduations, championships and retirement are satisfying because the reward we get from them is worth the sacrifice we make for them.

In the same way, the devoted man knows that nothing else in life is worth his life.  It is his great delight to devote the entirety of his existence to the One who is worthy of it.  The devoted man knows that nothing compares to the greatness of knowing Jesus Christ as Lord.  The reward of knowing Jesus is well worth the sacrifice it takes to follow him. It is delight, not duty that drives his devotion.

Sufficient for the Day

The devoted man is also a desperate man.  He has come to terms with his insufficiency and knows at the core of his being that he is woefully inadequate.  He knows that he is unable to overcome sin, obey the Word or live for God on his own strength or effort.  Indeed, it is a real and honest sense of his own inability that keeps him dependent on and desperate for Jesus.

The man who maintains lifelong devotion also knows that Jesus is sufficient for all things.  He knows that it is Jesus who saves him, frees him, forgives him and sustains him.  He knows that it is only by what Jesus has done that he can know and live for God.  And he knows that he will not make it through the day without the help of his Lord.

He is desperate for the Lord to work in his life.  He is desperate for God’s presence. He is desperate to know God’s excellencies so that he can delight more in them.  It is desperation, not drudgery that fuels his dependence.

Cultivating Devotion

Delight, desperation, dependence and submission are the four pillars of a devoted life. If we want to cultivate them we must come to terms with the fact that we do not have the ability to live for God without God’s help.  We must recognize that we need Jesus for everything.  We will naturally find ourselves in a place of desperation for and dependence on Christ when we take the time to reflect on how much we need him.

Additionally, meditate on God’s excellencies.  Ponder God’s glory. Think deeply about the infinite worth of Jesus Christ. Delight and submission flow freely when we position ourselves to see and savor Christ, both for who he is and what he has done. Devotion to Jesus is a daily display of the infinite worth of Jesus as our glad response to the finished work of Jesus.

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