On Devotion

Joel Plantinga

READ : Romans 12:9-21

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. (v. 10 NIV)

Each morning, Today Show personality Willard Scott shares pictures and stories of people who are celebrating 100-year birthdays or significant anniversaries. Recently I caught his segment highlighting a couple celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary. Their secret was that they always made time for each other, especially when it seemed like there was no time to give.

There are several ways to understand devotion. In our day, where time is our most precious commodity, I have come to see one aspect of devotion as the setting aside of time for the people that God has called me to serve. It takes discipline to make the time to consistently be with others, to pour our lives into them, and hold that priority high no matter how pressing other things may seem. Consider the example of Jesus, who devoted most of his time to the disciples.

The rewards of devotion are almost indescribable. It is the secret to lasting marriages and lifelong friendships. Devotion gives you the honor and privilege of seeing others come through difficult challenges in which you stood with them. There is no church program or ministry that can replace the value of devoted Christian relationships. Are you regularly making the time for other people?

PRAYER

Father, help me see the priority of people and be devoted to them. Amen.