“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:42-47).
The church of Christ is like a colony of Heaven. Jesus told his disciples they were “not of this world” (John 17:14-16). Amen to what Jesus said. The Spirit that he gives us is not of this world. With our devotion to God, His Word, His Ministry, and each other, His kingdom and rule shall exist. God will always have a stronghold here on earth because of us.
Devotion is “love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause:” God devotes Himself to His creation and desires us to extend ours to Him and others. Devotion is seen in the eyes and is followed up by actions. Let others see your love, loyalty, and enthusiasm and experience it. As Christians, Jesus said we will be known by our unconditional love for each other. “ A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35).
It is impossible to be devoted to someone you do not know. God first introduced Himself through His Word. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). He later came to earth to visit and care for his creation personally (Matthew 1:23). If we are going to be devoted to God, we must learn about Him and his will for our lives which is found in His Word. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (1 Tim. 3:16-17).
Knowing who God is and what He has done increases our devotion. Church Satan doesn’t want us to be devoted to God and each other. Take time to know each saint and watch your love for them grow and increase. Get to know the people who care for you and pray for you. Devotion allows us to continue our relationship with God and his people.
©Jan 14, 2023,Courtney Henderson