HONOUR IN DEVOTION

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“Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.”
I Timothy 4:15

In the Old Testament, the items in the temple were considered holy and sacred. These items were used only for worship and sacrifice by members of a select tribe of priests who had strict instructions to keep themselves holy and sacred unto God (Leviticus 21).

We see in the Bible that anything considered God’s was deemed holy and sacred. (Exodus 3:5, Romans 12:1). The vessels in the House of God were not to be used for any other purpose purely because they belonged to God (Daniel 5: 1-5, 23). This honour is at the heart of devotion.

Many of us grew up in households where a special set of plates, cups and even cutlery were reserved for the father or parents. These items could not be used by just anybody because they belonged to somebody deserving of honour.

Any misuse of things dedicated to God is considered profane. Profanity is the direct opposite of sacredness. Some definitions construe it to mean a lack of respect towards God and the things of God. A profane person is someone who holds nothing sacred. His/her life is characterised by acts of carelessness, lack of intentionality and disregard for things of value but that is not your life! As a believer, you must consistently take the things of God seriously.

What we do and say in devotion is extremely important and how we carry out our devotion is equally important. There is the attitude that we must have towards devotion in church gatherings and in our private times of worship.

Because we are holy and given to God, we must also dedicate certain things to God. To be given to God refers to our whole lives and should affect every aspect of our lives. We can take intentional steps to dedicate our time, wealth and bodies to God.

Every aspect of devotion must be done well and with care. Let’s look at some examples.

Sometimes, you may find yourself praying and doing other things. Indeed, the instruction is to pray always (I Thess 5:17). However, this does not eliminate the need for a dedicated time of prayer.

Take every opportunity to learn about God and His word but also have dedicated times to study the word of God without distractions.

All that you have belongs to God. Also have a set percentage of your wealth that belongs to God alone.

Fasting is also a way to set aside time to pray and remove distractions for the sake of dedication and consecration.

Apply this principle to all aspects of your life and you will realize that the natural consequence of this disposition to devotion is progress and profiting (1 Tim 4:15).

Examine your devotion life. How is your attitude towards God and the things of God? Does it show your sense of honour?

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