illustration by John MacLeod

Your devotion to something won’t start off as a devotion, it starts off as discipline. Those little things you do to make sure you follow through the set of expectations that you set for yourself. Making a plan and following through with it.

For instance, I do not have a strong liking towards reading books. I read books because I have to. So when I make a plan to read and I actually follow through it, that’s discipline. Reading just for the sake of reading, because I have to. The more I practice discipline, the more it becomes a part of me up to a point where I feel the void of not having read that chapter at that stipulated time.

I’m pretty sure most of us were brought up being told that we need to pray before we eat, before going to sleep, or when you wake up. We definitely did most of those prayers out of discipline just because that’s what mum said or daddy said. But the older we got, the more we realized that we actually needed to thank God for waking us up to see a new day, we needed to thank God for providing us with food. It becomes a desire. So what am I saying? Spending time with God doesn’t have to start off as a desire: it can just start off as a discipline and what happens is that it ends up being a desire, but the desire differs in depth. As a Christian, you don’t have to ‘go to God’ but instead walk with God. When God is already a part of you, there’s no need to go looking for him.

So when it comes to depth, what is the first thing you think about when you wake up? Someone once told me that God doesn’t want to come second to anything. There’s nothing wrong with loving something, but it’s the depth of the love that matters. God wants you to have the money, he wants you to have that job, but because he knows that you end up ‘worshipping’ the job, he presses brakes from time to time.

It’s also important to note the reason behind your devotion. Many at times we get devoted for the wrong reasons. One of the easiest ways to start is by knowing God for who he is, and loving him not because you benefit something. Even in love, when you attach a reason it ceases to have a meaning.


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