Theme of the Week: The Discipline of Devotion
Bible Verse: “… So that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God and that there is no other. And may your hearts be fully committed to the LORD our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.” 1 Kings 8:60-61
Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 8:1-66
As a young adult I always looked forward to January 1st. At the end of every year, I would do a self-motivating campaign in the lead up. I called it “operation transformation – day one of change” – corny right?
Each year I was resolved to eat healthier, sleep longer, exercise more, be a better leader, and more than all that my hope was to be a more faithful disciple.
I would buy a new journal, new workout clothes and healthier foods. I would tell anyone who would listen to me to look out – I was going to be a changed man!
As you can tell, I was motivated – but hence the yearly ritual, there was a clear problem with my execution plan.
John Maxwell has said that motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing.
The truth is, in our relationship with God, motivation cannot create lasting devotion. Only discipline can do that.
When Solomon dedicated the temple to the Lord and blessed the Israelites he prayed this prayer:
…so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God and that there is no other. And may your hearts be fully committed to the LORD our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.” 1 Kings 8:60-61
True devotion and commitment to God happens when we choose to live by his commands and decrees and this takes discipline – but not the type of self-punishing discipline that often comes to mind.
Discipline that leads to godly devotion comes out of heart of gratitude when we recognize that “the Lord is God and that there is no other”. 1 Kings 8:60
Friends, there is no one like our God. May our hearts be moved with gratitude for what he has done and may that move us to be devoted towards him.
This week, our devotionals from Kent Hughes will look at 5 separate ways to be devoted to Jesus. Follow along, share with your friends and be encouraged.
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