Where Devotion is Due

The other night I was working on some artwork for a friend’s birthday. Once complete, I was surprised to discover that four hours had passed! I had sacrificed time I could have spent doing homework (like studying for an exam that following day). However, I decided my efforts had been well worth the cost, because this was important to me: I really wanted to bless my friend and to show her how much I cared.

But then a question rose up within me. “Why don’t you spend this much time on Me?”
I’m not really not sure whether it was God’s voice speaking or just my own thoughts. Regardless, the point was made. If I’m willing to go to such a length in order to make an act of love toward one of my friends, then how much more should I be willing to sacrifice on behalf of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?

People will do extraordinary things– crazy, unthinkable things– for those they love. They’ll give up everything! All in the name of love. So again, if we’re so willing to do this for other people, why is it such a chore, a hassle, to go to unbelievable lengths for the God the the Universe?

There is no (good) reason why we shouldn’t pursue God more. No excuse, no inconvenience, no hardship, no criticism that should outweigh our devotion to God. After all He’s done for us through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we owe him that much.

No matter where you’re at in this issue I sincerely urge you to examine yourself. Is there something coming between you and God? Is there a person, object, issue, or idea that takes precedence over Him? Then make the change.

I’ll say it one more time: If you can make the effort in worldly things, how much more should you seek the Maker of all created things?!?

This post was originally published under my old blog, The Rapport.

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