The devotion that God desires
Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns. God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:7-9
There are times we become more devoted to things other than God and His glory. We get distracted pursuing things that pull us off from our devotion to God. It is easy to do for each day of our lives we are surrounded with things of this world. Some of it is good like the devotion found in the love of a mother for her children and of a father for his family. But there are those that are motivated by wrong priorities like extreme devotion to cars, houses, appearance, money, and possessions. Part of our old nature is to become obsessed with things. Devotion becomes an obsession when it pushes out proper behavior and proper adoration that is supposed to be for God. This then becomes sinful because God wants nothing that holds more devotion in our lives than Him. “Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind’” (Matthew 22:37). So when you look within, what is most important to you? What do you devote your most time to? Do you find that sometimes there are things that you feel most intensely devoted to and it is not of the Lord? If this devotion gets you out of sync with your relationship with God, then you need to do something about this. It is very easy to become devoted to something so much that it affects your relationship with Christ. When you realize that, take a step back and reassess what is most important to you. Look to the cross of Christ where His love and patience abound. It is God’s desire that you grow in your relationship with Him for He called you to be in fellowship with Him.