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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Devoted to God Alone"

Date published: 09/12/2016
 
1 Corinthians 7:35 “I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.” (NIV) 

   This verse is part of a passage on singleness, but the quest for undivided devotion to the Lord caught my eye. The secret to a vibrant Christian life is a passionate relationship with Christ. The biggest distraction to a passionate relationship with Christ is lack of devotion. My wife and I went to a crusade the other night that included a time of healing. This evangelist is not only known for his fervent presentation of the gospel, but also for God’s anointing and healing at his crusades. We invited two people to attend who both had life threatening cancers. Both declined because they already had an activity planned. This is not much different than Martha in Luke 10:39, 40a, 41-42 who chose the things at hand rather than the living Christ, “She (Martha) had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made…‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’” (NIV) You see in the above illustration and in this Scripture that whether death is knocking at your door or you are distracted by minor things when the most important person in the world is in your living room that your own agenda can quickly displace God.  

   There is nothing more important than the depth of your relationship with Jesus. Everything in your Christian life will flow out of your relationship with Christ. God’s presence and work are directly impacted by your devotion to Him. Your vulnerability to sin is greatly increased by a shallow relationship with Christ. The person of God that He desires you to be is sculpted out of your relationship with Christ. There will always be a reason for not spending time with God, but we actually need to move beyond the mere activity of spending time with God to giving God our undivided devotion. Through the blood of Jesus we reside in a place of unparalleled position that is described in 1 Peter 2:9-10, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”(NIV) You have privilege, access, and purpose. Commit now to move beyond making God a footnote in your life to being the HEADING of your life. Position your time with God to allow Him to not only transform your life, but to also use you for His kingdom purpose. 

Luke 8:14 “The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.” (NIV) 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “Deeper With God” and “Transformation.” 

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