The Service of Passionate Devotion

Jesus did not say to make converts to your way of thinking, but He said to look after His sheep, to see that they get nourished in the knowledge of Him. We consider what we do in the way of Christian work as service, yet Jesus Christ calls service to be what we are to Him, not what we do for Him. Discipleship is based solely on devotion to Jesus Christ, not on following after a particular belief or doctrine. “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate…, he cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:26). In this verse, there is no argument and no pressure from Jesus to follow Him; He is simply saying, in effect, “If you want to be My disciple, you must be devoted solely to Me.” A person touched by the Spirit of God suddenly says, “Now I see who Jesus is!”— that is the source of devotion.

Today we have substituted doctrinal belief for personal belief, and that is why so many people are devoted to causes and so few are devoted to Jesus Christ. People do not really want to be devoted to Jesus, but only to the cause He started. Jesus Christ is deeply offensive to the educated minds of today, to those who only want Him to be their Friend, and who are unwilling to accept Him in any other way. Our Lord’s primary obedience was to the will of His Father, not to the needs of people— the saving of people was the natural outcome of His obedience to the Father. If I am devoted solely to the cause of humanity, I will soon be exhausted and come to the point where my love will waver and stumble. But if I love Jesus Christ personally and passionately, I can serve humanity, even though people may treat me like a “doormat.” The secret of a disciple’s life is devotion to Jesus Christ, and the characteristic of that life is its seeming insignificance and its meekness. Yet it is like a grain of wheat that “falls into the ground and dies”— it will spring up and change the entire landscape (John 12:24).

Bible in One Year: Nehemiah 12-13; Acts 4:23-37

One thought on “The Service of Passionate Devotion”

  1. kassa70x7 says:

    Jesus asked His disciples, Do you love me…? When the answer is yes, we must do what He commands us to do for Him…, to take care of humanity by leading towards His teachings to save the World. We might think we are following His commands…,for now, I can speak of myself by saying not close to be said, a job weldone. Not yet, for I have not finished the regiment what it takes to be all I can be for Jesus. To be close and stand with Him without any blemish, by becoming whole and Holy. Through it all, I am getting better and stronger in my stand With my Savior and Lord Jesus, to become a Saint. Would that be possible for me? the answer is resoundingly YES!

    In Jesus name, my Savior and Lord, I pray. Amen!

    Immanuel.

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