Sharing Our Faith Together

Depth of Devotion

by Alan and Clarice Smith 18 July 2022
First published on 18/7/2020. We continue to publish new thoughts but hope you find encouragement and blessing in revisiting some we have previously published.

Read Mark 1: 1 - 20

As soon as Jesus saw them, he called them; they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and went with Jesus. Mark 1:20

Having read the verses from Mark 1: 1 - 20 we can easily form the opinion that when Jesus called his disciples, they were already settled into their jobs and probably having successful careers. In spite of that, the call of Christ and a new way of life took precedence. Their allegiance was total and without hesitation to the cause to which Christ had called them.

As Christians we can be devoted to many things. Our families, our church, our jobs, our education, our reputation and other aspects of our lives beckon us. I think most of us would agree that all of them need our attention. However, as the disciples demonstrated, our devotion to Christ should be our first and primary allegiance. When we get our priorities right it is surprising how we manage to cope with the demands and pressures of life even though we may be going through difficult times.

As Christians we are all called by Christ to be devoted witnesses of our faith. The disciples exemplified such devotion. How deep is our devotion?

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Dear Heavenly Father, help each one of us to be faithful to you. Search us and call us back to you when we fall short. Strengthen us to be wholehearted in our devotion to you.