Devotion not duty

8 I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” Psalm 40:8

Sometimes we do good things because we know we should do them. We obey the traffic laws set in our state (we try, right? LOL). We pay our taxes because we know that we are supposed to. Most of us even treat other people right because of the “Golden Rule” – we know that is the proper thing to do. We even go so far as to do things in God’s house and for God because we know we ought to. But God wants devotion from us and not duty.

The psalmist says, “I desire to do your will.” What we do for the Lord must come out of our devotion to Him – it must be a desire – a yearning because of His Word that resides in our hearts! We should do whatever it is we do for Christ because of who He is and what He is in our lives – simply because we are devoted to Him!

Ephesians 6:6 says, “Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.” – We must do the will of God from our heart – not because it’s the right thing to do, not because there are benefits to doing so, but just because we love Him and desire for His will to be demonstrated in our lives. So, don’t go to church because you should, don’t get involved in ministry because it’s the right thing to do. Even those tasks that are being asked of us by our government (paying taxes), by our states (speed limits) and by our employers and/or society – we must do them because the law of the Lord is within our hearts and we are devoted to demonstrating His love in our lives – out of devotion and not duty!

c/Candie A. Price

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