Unwavering Devotion

 
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Devotion means to be committed or dedicated to something. When you are passionate or in love, it is easy to be committed to who or what you love. As I fell more in love with Jesus, all I wanted to do was give my life to Him. I wanted to live for Him moment to moment. As easy as this sounds, I am realizing that in the midst of all the busy-ness and culture of doing, devotion is a daily choice and commitment.

Too often I catch myself going down my checklist, being distracted by the tasks and responsibilities of life. Starting a new career, I was so excited to see all God had in store and to see God move mightily in my workplace. I was so focused on my calling and the how that I forgot the why. I was so distracted by “how I could evangelize,” “how purposeless my rote work duties seemed,” “how I should be doing more for the kingdom of God”, etc. As “godly” as this seems, not all things that sound “great” are pleasing before the Lord. Our utmost calling before being “doers”, before being ministers, before our careers, is to move in unwavering devotion before our Maker.

What moves God is our devotion and obedience to Christ in any and every season regardless of what that may look like. God is moved by hearts willing to fully commit to Him and surrender to His will (2 Chr. 16:9). Devotion is not measured according to the standards of man but according to the standards of the Lord (1 Sam. 16:7). We can fool anyone, even ourselves, because of our fleshly depravity, but we cannot fool God. In this culture of busyness, we are too easily distracted by the “doing” rather than focusing on the One Thing that truly matters. Devotion starts and is measured by the posture of our hearts. Being devoted to Christ means doing everything with and in Him alone every single moment of our lives.

When I reflect on the life of Jesus, I am moved by His unwavering devotion to the Father. His number one priority was to be so close to the Father’s heart. In His intimacy, there was a movement of faith and love. No matter how busy Jesus was, His number one priority was to spend time with His Father first and foremost (Matt. 6:33, Mrk. 1:35).

The Bible commands us several times to be steadfast and faithful to whatever God has given us (1 Cor. 15:58). It is easy to be faithful when we can visibly see the outcome. Yet, true faithfulness is tested and tried in difficult, unseen moments. Moreover, for the person of faith, faithfulness should be easy when it’s out of devotion and love to Christ.

Instead of focusing on what God was doing, I began to acknowledge God in my present moments by FAITH (Prov. 3:5-6, 2 Cor. 5:7). When I began to acknowledge God and fix my gaze on Him, there was an increased desire to simply be faithful to the person of Christ. My boring, mundane paperwork duties at work became exciting not because it was fun but because I was doing it for the Lord. When I did it out of devotion to my Lord and Savior, I wanted to be excellent and faithful from the small to the big as I was reminded of what He has done for me (Col. 3:23-24).

True devotion is to have Christ-like obedience: to be like Christ. Jesus is the perfect example who lived out a lifestyle of “not my will but yours be done.” Jesus was obedient to His father even to the point of death, not out of fear but out of love and trust (Phil. 2:8).

Obedience cannot be measured by the standards of man but is measured by our willingness to say yes to Jesus. I am realizing radical obedience is not just walking on water, evangelizing in front of 500 people, healing people, etc. Radical obedience to the person of Christ may also look like being faithful in the mundane. It may look like loving someone who is really hard to love. It may look like persevering through difficult times, etc. It is a daily yes and surrender to the person of Jesus in devotion and love.

As children of God we often overlook the power of the cross and don’t claim everything that is ours in every season (Rom. 8:28). The death and resurrection of Jesus means we are no longer bound by sin or anything that hinders us from the Lord, but we are able to have complete access to Him through faith (Heb. 10:19-22). Instead of waiting for a difficult season to pass or asking God where He is, may we embrace the present and master our devotion to Jesus Christ in the now in surrender and trust.

 

 

Esther Kim (@estotokim) is a school psychologist who received her B.A. from Biola University and Ed.S., M.A. from Chapman University. She currently lives in Buena Park, CA.

 
 
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