Devotional Reading: Matthew 29:16-30
Memorize: Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and finish his work. John 4:34
Dedication is an act of setting apart or consecrating a thing or person to God. Christians are expected to be devoted wholly and earnestly to God and purpose for which He has called them. Dedication is the yearning desire in Christians which makes them willing to pay all it costs to do the work of God perfectly. Dedication keeps a believer standing and willing to continue to do more when present assignment hasn’t been completed and others are getting tired. Our Lord Jesus was dedicated to His course, so also were the prophets and apostles of old. John 4:34. You too must endeavour to be dedicated to Him.
In 2 Cor. 11:22-31 Paul shows practical example of what is can cost to be dedicated. Apostle Paul narrated his long and painful ordeal. He was beaten several times. He suffered ship wreck, imprisonments, perils, robbers, suffered accusation from false breathen, etc. he became weak for the weak, he was burnt by fire of offences from false brethren, he submitted himself to these hardships for Christ’s sake and did not accuse God for his travail, rather he blessed the Lord, “Father of our Lord Jesus Christ which is blessed for ever more” 2 cor. 11:31.
The more you are dedicated to the course of the gospel of Christ, the more God gets committed to your needs. No man having left house and family for the things of God will meet disappointment. Dedication calls for a high degree of self-discipline. Let the things of God be your drive, pant after anything that God is doing, as deer pant after water.
It is obvious to everyone around me that, I am sold out for God. I would rather prefer to spend my last penny, on the gospel of Christ than to sit in an expensive car and drive around the city, while the gospel of Jesus is suffering. I have dedicated all my life, strength, family, and my resources to the things of God.
The things of God comes first in everything I do. If a need arises in my life that requires urgent attention and in the process a need arises too in the things of God, I will not think twice to first attend to need of God, and shortly after that, God will make an easy way to attend to the need in my life. This has been my secret to greatness in life. And God has used this to promote me to a place I could never imagine. He makes me sit among kings and presidents.
If anyone desires to be great in life, get more dedicated to the things of God. Let the business of God be your interest. Spend your time and resources on the things of God. Peter asked a profound question which some Christians are still asking today, “…behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?” then Jesus replied him “And everyone that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life” Matt. 19:27-29. I pray that the spirit of dedication for the things of God will rest upon you, so that you can receive worthy rewards in Jesus name, Amen.
Prayer point: Consecrate me to your service O Lord.
Key Dose: When you seek God and His kingdom first, all other good things earthly and eternal will be added unto you.
Pastor James Ademuyiwa
Senior Pastor (IHPCT)