Securing Your Devotion

Last week, we introduced the SOAP method for daily devotions. Today, we offer the first of many sample devotions from the Mentoring Leaders storehouse.

SCRIPTURE

This I say for your own benefit; not to put a restraint upon you, but to promote what is [appropriate] and to secure undistracted devotion to the Lord. (1 Corinthians 7: 35)

OBSERVATION

Securing DevotionAn undistracted devotion— that’s the highest devotion of all! It’s so easy to get distracted. So many things going on that filtering out unnecessary things seems to become more and more difficult . . . especially when the ‘‘unnecessaries’’ are marketed so well. Things that are good but not strategic, nice but not eternal— these can take up the lion’s share of my life.

APPLICATION

The Scriptures tell me that devotion to God is something I must secure. Like locking up a bicycle lest it be stolen, or securing a boat to a dock lest it drift, so too I must ‘‘secure undistracted devotion to the Lord.’’ I cannot take this for granted. Not securing it invites both theft and drifting. Not securing my devotion to Christ invites the enemy to steal it. I not only must make my devotions a habit but I also must guard that time. I must not allow appointments or busy days to steal my devotions. And looking at devotion in the larger sense, I must not let anything cause me to compromise or let down my guard.

My devotion to Christ cannot be distracted by what Paul (see 1 Corinthians 7) tells me about— women, emotional affairs, or anything of that nature. I become devoted to my wife, and consistent in my times before God, by filtering and pruning constantly anything not eternally fruitful. In doing so, I secure undistracted devotion.

PRAYER

Lord, help me to guard my time with You. It’s so easy to let an appointment or a ministry activity take its place. Thank You for reminding me often.

Divine Mentor

 

This post is an adapted from Pastor Wayne Cordeiro’s book, The Divine Mentor. Check back here all this week for in-depth discussion of how Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer work together as we seek God in our individual quiet time. 

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