What if things were different this year? What if this year was the best year ever? What if you prayed more? What if that one person you prayed for came to Christ this year? What if we were completely devoted? What if…?
January is upon us and it’s the time of year that New Year’s resolutions come about. Usually the common ones on these lists are to work out more, to get back in shape, to better at work, to be a nicer person, etc. But what if this year we set a goal to be more devoted to God? What if this year was different?
In Acts at the foundation of the church we are told that “They DEVOTED…” The people in the early church were devoted. They were reaching people, lives were changed, and people were healed. The church was devoted. This word devoted means to give unremitting care to a thing. They were fully dedicate, all in.
You see we justify our actions and comprise on our dedication. We justify our actions by our involvement. We say that we are involved and we are doing good things but not giving it all. We also compare ourselves and our spiritual life. We compare ourselves to other people’s spirituality. We also deceive ourselves. We say that a little less spirituality is fine and deceive our self. We justify our actions and our lack of devotion.
Ask yourself, honestly, is there a time in your life that you were closer to God than you are now? If so, who moved? And If there was a time in your life that you were closer to God, then what were you doing differently then?
If you want to be more devoted to God this year, then what are you going to do about it? How is your personal devotion life? How is your prayer life? You may need to start doing devotions daily. You may need to start praying and conversing with God. God wants to have a relationship with you, not just an hour of the week.
So is this year going to be different? What if we were completely devoted this year? What if things were different this year?
Acts 2:42-43 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.”