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Devotion To Christ

By Martha Noebel
Staff Writer Do we have a pure and simple Devotion to Christ? Do we have a Devotion or single-mindedness of heart that is totally focused on pleasing God? In the following scripture, Paul warns the Corinthian church of this very issue.

I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. For I promised you as a pure bride to one husband, Christ. But I fear that somehow you will be led away from your pure and simple Devotion to Christ, just as Eve was deceived by the serpent (II Corinthians 11:2,3 NLT).

Our lives should consist of speaking to God and listening for His reply. We should be seeking His advice, wisdom, and guidance for everything in our lives. It would keep us out of a whole bunch of trouble if we would. Plus, without this mindset, we miss the sweetness of being close to the One who loves us and longs to speak truths to our minds and hearts.

I can think of the many times that I have missed good opportunities given to me by God because I was not simply devoted to Christ. My thoughts were self-centered. I did what pleased me and not what pleased the Lord. Now I find myself facing the consequences of those actions. I know God still loves me and has a special purpose and plan for my life, but I have made things a lot harder for myself than they need be. I have missed blessings that I wish I had not missed. If I could do things over, there are several things that I would do differently.

The one thing I will never regret is my decision to give my heart to the Lord. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior at a very young age. I can remember the song that was being sung that night when I came back from the altar. It was "Oh How I Love Jesus." To this day I feel a special warm feeling whenever I hear that song. I cried for hours because of the awesome love of God I felt. I might be telling my age a bit but when I gave my heart to the Lord, I had been kneeling on sawdust floors at a youth camp. Children all around me were crying, praying, singing, and enjoying the presence of God in such a precious way. I miss those times. I would love to see that atmosphere in our churches today.

The bottom line is that I have been devoted to Christ ever since that wonderful camp meeting. I have not been as close to God as I should have been, but He has never failed to be there for me. I love Him and want to now, more than ever, live a life totally devoted to Christ.

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