Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sweet Devotion

Two weeks ago, the theme scripture in my Sunday School class was from Acts 2, "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." (Acts 2:42) We spent a majority of our time discussing what "devoted" means, and with Valentine's Day only a couple of weeks away it was easy to relate to committed loving relationships.

I'm devoted to my wife. My third and fourth graders are likewise devoted to their parents. I do things for my wife, not because I have to but because out of devotion I want to. Similarly, my students should obey their parents (always a point I stress, no matter the topic) not because they have to, but because of their love for them. This is devotion. A sacrificial, selfless, willingness to do anything or go anywhere for the object of our devotion.

Our devotion to our brothers and sisters in the church should have the same level of commitment, even if it doesn't share the same level of love. "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves." (Romans 12:10)

Think about the lengths you went (or will go) to to show your devotion to the one you love for Valentine's Day this year. Are you willing to go the same lengths for your brothers and sisters in Christ? No, you don't need to give the guy in the pew next to you a box of chocolates. But a hug would be nice. "Greet one another with a holy kiss" if you are so bold (Romans 16:16, 1 Corinthians 16:20, 2 Corinthians 13:22, 1 Thessalonians 5:26). But at least have the willingness in your heart to lay down you life for him.

"No greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13)

(For last years thoughts on Valentine's Day, go here)

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