being watchful and thankful.
Be devoted to one another ...
Our people must learn to devote
themselves to doing what is good ...
Whichever it is, how is it conceived?
How is it born?
What does it look like in my life?
How is it sustained?.
- To whom, or to what am I devoted, and why?
- Is such devotion conscious on my part, or subconscious, subliminal?
- Must it be recognizable (to myself and/or others), or can it be vague?
- Is all devotion equal?
- Can I be devoted to something or someone I ought not?
In the scriptures the concept of devotion is used in a variety of ways for a variety of reasons. It carries the connotations of consecrating, setting apart, capturing. .
Add to the word the modifying "ion" so that it becomes devotion, and it's swept away into the realm of worship. Think of devotionals, and we all nod in agreement.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Taken all together, I have to conclude that anything worthy of such a thing, such devotion - be it adjective or verb - ought to be pretty darn special.
It reasons, then, that if I devote myself to something or someone, it had better be an intentional act derived from pure motives. Why?
I'll let you answer that - and all the other questions - for yourselves. I'm still straddling the trunk and working on my own answer(s).
themselves to the service of the saints.
1 Corinthians 16:15
You cannot serve two masters...
he (a servant) will be devoted to the one
and despise the other.
... we will devote ourselves to prayer
and to the ministry of the word.
... (be) devoted to prayer,
... devote yourself to the public reading
of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.
1 Timothy 4:13
P.S. Where being devoted is concerned in my life, just know that I'm wrestling with habits and patterns (including seemingly good ones, like blogging, or house-keeping) that may well need an overhaul.