To whom or what are you devoted?
This past Sunday, I challenged the women at my church to an undivided devotion – a devotion for Christ, unparalleled by any earthly devotion. But how do we develop and maintain an undivided devotion for God?
I used the word devotion as an acrostic to give us some key words to keep in mind as we pursue an undivided devotion.
D – Distractions
What are the distractions in my life that are hindering me from a wholehearted devotion to God or have the potential to do so? Push them aside.
E – Exaltation
Am I exalting God and worshiping Him every day? Or am I exalting someone or something else in His place? One of the best things I can do to keep my heart focused on Him is to exalt and worship Him every day.
V – Voice
Whose voice am I listening to? Am I listening to what the world is telling me, what Satan is whispering to me, or what God is speaking to me through His Word?
O – Obedience
Am I being obedient to His Word, to His commands, to His leading? Am I doing what He wants, or what I want?
T – Trust
Do I trust what God is doing with and in my life? Do I trust that He loves me, that He knows what He’s doing, that He has a purpose for everything He allows in my life, and that He has my best interest at heart?
I – Idolatry
Are there any idols in my life – things I look to for satisfaction that take the place of God in my life? Tim Keller, in his book Counterfeit Gods, defines an idol as “anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what only God can give.” What would devastate you if God removed it from your life? That might be a good indication it’s become an idol.
O – Offering
Am I willing to offer all of myself to Him, including everything He’s given me and all my dreams? Am I willing to give Him every area and allow Him to use me as He chooses? Will I pursue what I want or what He wants for me?
If I’m going to have undivided devotion, I have to draw near to God. Am I spending consistent time with Him, and not letting other things get in the way? Am I giving Him my undivided attention when I’m with Him?
I started an “Undivided Devotion” journal this week. At the top of each page I wrote a keyword to focus on from the acrostic. And then journaled about it. Each day, I focus on a different keyword, and journal my thoughts and my answers to the questions above.
My prayer is from Psalm 86:11 – “Give me an undivided heart, that I might fear Your name.” Will you join me in pursuing an undivided devotion for God?