Sincere and Pure Devotion to Christ

March 8, 2014 at 9:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

It has been a wild ride the past few months with job and family changes.  My role at church has changed from teaching pastor to lead pastor, so I am adjusting to new things.  We also had two deaths and the corresponding funerals added to the mix.  As a result, writing was shuffled to the back burner.  Through all the emotional ups and downs, God often reminds me in my devotional times that he is in control and that he is still at work.  We have seen him do some great things already.

There is one thought that has come to me a few times, and on which I need to meditate even more so I can more effectively apply it to my own life.  As I read through 2 Corinthians last week, I was struck by a phrase in the early part of the book and by a related one near the end.  2 Corinthians 1:12 says, “We behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God.” (ESV)  And later in chapter 11, Paul expresses his concern for the church in Corinth with these words, “I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”  (v3)

“Simplicity and godly sincerity” and “a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”  No matter how complicated life may seem to get, no matter how busy we may seem to be, no matter what sort of emotional roller coaster we are on, we should always focus on simple, sincere devotion to Christ.   I only hope I can practice that consistently in days ahead.

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  1. Good to hear from you and we are sure you new role will be one of challenge, opportunities and blessings. Your message is a reality in the need to be in but not of the world, a mighty challenge for all.
    Thank you for allowing Karre and Rohde the weekend to bless The Wellspring at Florence, yesterday. They were amazing in their ability to mold a worship team into a unified team for two services; the small congregation was encouraged and uplifted.
    Blessings, we hope to visit soon,
    Al, Linda Ballard
    Karre’s parents.

  2. Earlier today I was reading old blog posts at my blog and came across one that you commented on. Then I came here and read this post. This is not the first time I have read this post. Here are the words that you spoke in your comment:

    “I might add Paul’s prayer in Ephesians ‘that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.’” (3:17-19)

    That prayer with the additional petition to be filled with “Simplicity and godly sincerity” and “a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” is what I am praying for myself tonight.

    I couldn’t sleep, because I have so much on my mind, so I came here and was helped.

    Blessings,
    Theresa

  3. Sometimes life can become a huge distraction which seems to be competing with my devotion to Christ. It’s frustrating to review my day and be able to see clearly the trail of missed opportunities to grow closer to Him

    Thank you for the reminder to maintain a single-minded approach during the day


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