Do you ever feel like your heart wanders from God… from pure devotion? I’m not talking about losing faith or walking away from God. No, I’m talking about the subtle and sometimes painful realization that you just aren’t where you used to be in regards to connection to Jesus and God’s heart.
How to Have and Keep a Pure Devotion to God
I know that I have on many occasions felt this way and have wondered “why?”. This process of disconnection to the one we love most seems to originate in our minds. Listen to Paul’s concern for the church in Corinth – it’s God’s concern for us today!
2 Corinthians 11:3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
But I am afraid: Paul (primarily God) was concerned about the spiritual condition of the church at Corinth – the purity of their devotion to Jesus. Likewise, God, right this moment is concerned for my heart… my devotion, or lack thereof, to Him. No, God does not anxiously “worry” in the human sense, but he does care and anguish over the condition of our hearts and minds.
… that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray: Deception is one of the greatest tools of the enemy. Satan knows exactly what works for each and every one of us and he knows that it starts in our minds. He knows that if he can convince us to accept a lie, the battle is half won.
- Deception begins is in the mind. “He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The enemy will always work to convince you that what God says is really not what He means. The other side of the equation is that our own fleshly desires lead us away from this kind of devotion to Christ (James 1:13-14). In both cases it’s origin is in the mind, which then infects/pollutes the heart.
- Think about this: Eve was in a perfect place (the Garden of Eden), had everything she needed/wanted. She had a loving husband, the best fruit God had made, a great job (taking care of a cool garden and make babies) and no problems (no sin). So, what was the problem? Why did she begin to wander? It started with a lie, that once accepted by her gave birth to death.
It’s not just bad or overtly sinful things that lead us away from God. Our enemy will even use “good things” as well as our religion to lead us away from sincere and pure devotion. Satan will stop at nothing to distract and disconnect you and me from God and his best for our lives.
…from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
So what does a sincere and pure devotion to Christ look like? We have to first define what is pure.
Pure Devotion is…
Unadulterated: not mixed or diluted with something else
Uncontaminated: having had no harmful or polluting substances added
Unpolluted: free of contamination, especially by any harmful substances
Untainted: not spoiled or corrupted.
One small impurity causes the whole thing to be tainted or polluted. Small traces of poison can pollute an entire stream or lake! Likewise, even the smallest impurities can have extremely negative implications on our lives and thus our relationships with God.
Devotion = undivided and unpolluted worship of God; deep love or commitment (loyalty). Does that describe your relationship with God? How would you describe your relationship with God today? Is it undivided-unpolluted?
To get to this involves removing the impurities that keep us from connecting to God; adding to our lives the needed tools to love God more, with a pure devotion.
So, what are those things in your life that you need to remove and add?
God’s heart has never changed… Just as Adam and Eve were created to walk with God daily, you and I were created to love and worship God.
Let’s not settle for less then PURE DEVOTION!