Renewing Our Devotion to God's Will and Service

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by Samuel D. Geroy

   God wants the kind of devotion like no other from us. We do that by giving our bodies to Him as a living, holy and pleasing sacrifice to do His will (Romans 12:1, 2). This is the most acceptable sacrifice He wants from us which He considers our spiritual act of worship. This is also our way to test and approve His good, pleasing and perfect will. This way we achieve real and lasting joy in His will. It is never God’s motive to lessen our joy, success or power. By doing His will we enhance our lives and service.

   We devote to His will and service by desiring them like Jabez (1 Chronicles 4:9,10). He asked the Lord to enlarge his border, hold him in His hand and keep him from evil. And God granted his request. What a reward for a man greatly devoted to God.

   Philip the evangelist devoted himself to obeying God’s will though difficult by obeying the Sprit’s direction to witness to the Ethiopian Eunuch in the desert (Acts 8). The Eunuch believed in the Lord and even requested Philip to baptize there in the wilderness.

   Peter also had that joy of confessing that Jesus was the very Christ from God in Matthew 16:13-16. Then he had a marvelous experience of seeing Him in His glory as Son of God in the mount transfiguration together with James and John (Matthew 17:1-11). Despite all these he denied the Lord when pushed to the wall (Matthew 26:69-75, Mark 14:66-72, Luke 22:55-61, John 18:15-28). He repented and wept bitterly and the Lord forgave him (John 21:15). Peter became so devoted to the Lord to the end of his life. Tradition tells that he gave his life for Him by being nailed to an upside down cross.

   Apostle Paul also lived a live of full devotion. He wrote about his sufferings (2 Corinthians 4:7-10, his sacrifices for the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:1-10, and the hardships he passed through while doing God’s will (2 Corinthians 6:4-10). He passed them all by the grace of God.

    These men of God showed unequalled devotion to His will and service, and were rewarded greatly. Eternity will reveal to us more about what they did for God’s glory. May we follow their footsteps and join in the trail that they blazed for the Lord Jesus Christ.