Do you feel love and devotion from God? I do. And doesn’t it make you want to respond with love and devotion back? Today we consider what it means to be devoted to God and to serve him with wholehearted devotion and a willing mind…
28 “‘But nothing that a person owns and devotes to the Lord—whether a human being or an animal or family land—may be sold or redeemed; everything so devoted is most holy to the Lord.'”
7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
In Leviticus 27 there are detailed instructions about what happens when a person, animal, or thing is devoted to God. God takes it seriously, and not only that, he views devoted things as holy to himself. This should mean a lot to us as the children of God in Jesus Christ are just that – we are holy and devoted to God.
Paul picks this up in his encouragement in the book of Romans. He says we don’t live alone and we don’t die alone. Once we are children of God and spiritually alive in Christ, we belong to the Lord. We are dedicated to him. We are sealed (Ephesians 1: 13) with the Holy Spirit – he is our down-payment and deposit on eternity. It is interesting that in Leviticus nothing devoted to God could be sold or redeemed. I think that’s true for us also.
In other words, we are redeemed by God through Jesus, and as a result are devoted to God. I don’t think we can be sold or unredeemed or disconnected from that devotion.
God is so devoted to us that he sent his son to die on the cross for us.
God is so devoted to us that he has put his Holy Spirit into us as a guarantee toward our future with him.
Do you feel love and devotion from God? I do. And doesn’t it make you want to respond with love and devotion back? Peter has this idea to set apart Christ as Lord in our hearts (1Peter 3:15). We ought to be devoted to the God who is devoted to us.
David encouraged his son Solomon likewise: “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought,” (1Chronicles 28:9).
Let’s make a choice today to do just that – let’s serve God with wholehearted devotion and a willing mind. Go!