Devotion To Christ
2 Corinthians 11:2-3 - I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. 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.
Living a life completely committed to Christ is one of the greatest gifts and beauties of Christianity. It is in this intimate devotion that we become more like Jesus and learn to truly understand who He is. As believers, we must be intentional and diligent about guarding ourselves against the thief, Satan, who desires to steal away our devotion and commitment to Christ.
Guarding yourself against the thief
From the beginning of mankind, Satan attempted to steal the devotion of God’s creations. He succeeded in the garden of Eden when he manipulated Eve to eat the fruit that God commanded her not to eat. Satan persuaded her through distraction, confusion, and temptation.
In the garden of Eden, Satan first redirected Eve’s attention and distracted her. Once he had her attention, he spoke lies, causing tension and confusion between God’s will and his will. And finally, he brought temptation and made disobedience to God seem appealing. Satan made turning away from God seem fruitful, when, it actually caused death.
The goal of the enemy
Many people think that the goal of the enemy’s attacks is to steal their joy, their peace, their finances, or other carnal things. But what Satan is truly after is your trust and devotion to Christ.
Even Satan understands the power and stability that comes with a pure, undivided, undistracted, intimate relationship with God. That’s why he works so hard to destroy it. The enemy knows that if he steals your devotion to Christ and causes distance, that he can attack every other area of your life.
If the enemy even knows how precious and powerful your devotion to Christ is, then we must be sure to guard our hearts and protect our fire for God. We must have our spiritual eyes open to the plots and plans of the enemy which use confusion, distraction and temptation to destroy our devotion to God.
Every believer will likely experience a battle for their devotion to Christ. This is why the Bible consistently urges us to stay committed to Christ and finish our race of faith – because the race is not easy, and many people drop out due to the schemes of Satan.
If you’ve allowed distractions to deduct from your relationship with God – whether it be relationships, friendships, school, or even the demands of ministry – then now is the time to make a decision. Decide today that the plan of the enemy to steal your devotion to Christ will not prevail, and choose to make a change in your life today!