In our busy lives that are so full of distractions, whether they be ‘good’ things, temptations and sin, or a health matter; we can fall into traps that get us off balance.
The Lord knew this. The examples throughout the Bible tells us that there is and always has been (and always will be) struggles that we will endure. The most important thing we can do, is to get back on track and that takes discipline – or a devoted heart. The Bible is here to not only remind us that we are not alone in our struggles but it gives us a way out, comfort through it, and ultimately, hope.
One thing I continue to learn is that this will be a life-long process.
Acts 2:42-47 shows us God’s plan for growth.
42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. 46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”
We are the church and we are commanded to devote ourselves to His plan. In this scripture, we are told that in order to grow, we must:
- Devote ourselves to His truth.
- Commit our hearts to worship.
- Partake of the communion, regularly.
- Be consistent in prayer.
- Get excited about what god can do.
- Share what you have with others.
- Give to others in need.
- Develop hospitality.
- Embrace a joyful attitude.
- Praise God in all things.
Reading this recently reminded me that Peter knew that the church then AND NOW needed the encouragement and direction, otherwise we would easily get tugged this way and that, forsaking our Christian brothers and sisters.
King Solomon gives us wisdom throughout the Proverbs on what a devoted heart is.
AN UNDERSTANDING HEART
Incline your heart to understanding. Proverbs 2:2
A TRUSTING HEART
Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Proverbs 3:5
A GUARDED HEART
Above all else, guard your heart. Proverbs 4:23
A TRANQUIL HEART
A tranquil heart is life to the body. Proverbs 14:30
A HAPPY HEART
For the happy heart, life is a continual feast. Proverbs 15:15
A cheerful heart is good medicine. Proverbs 17:22
A RIGHTEOUS HEART
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer. Proverbs 15:28
Give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways. Proverbs 23:26
A WISE HEART
A wise heart accepts commands. Proverbs 10:8
A wise mans heart guides his mouth. Proverbs 16:23
A DISCERNING HEART
The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge Proverbs 18:15
We are given so much instruction and guidance on how to develop a devoted heart through His word. Consistency reading it will help us to balance and persevere because the hope of eternal life is so worth it.
Developing a devoted heart will help us to make better decisions, healthier habits. It will instill discipline, in which helps us to use our time wisely. We will have more control over our actions, making less excuses, and making us more successful. We will gain peace, even though we may not understand the circumstances or have the answers to our “why’s”. And a devoted heart will lead to giving and thankfulness that surpasses our own desires.
I want this. I pray for this over my life and maybe you would like to as well?
Lord, I pray to live every day with a devoted heart. Help me to point out the distractions that hinder me and make better choices that please you. Help me to gain discernment and understanding and peace when it isn’t meant to be figured out. I desire to live joyfully and trusting you each and every day. Help me to give my heart to my family the way the you ask, showing them through sincerity and love how to be devoted to you, giving to them and to others, and by being a part of church and fellowship. Help my attitude to reflect your Word as a light and lamp every step of the way. I can’t do this life without you. Thank you most graciously Father, for your mercy and grace every day that I don’t measure up.
In Jesus’ Holy Name,