The Quest – Day 25

This is the devotional for Friday, October 20, 2006 which is the 25th day of The Quest, our 40 Days of Discovery. Our devotional today offers a summary of the material in Chapter 25 of Frank Moore’s insightful book, The Power To Be Free.

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Day 25 – Undivided Loyalty

Heart purity requires an undivided loyalty.

“Jesus answered, ‘If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (Matthew 19:21 NIV)

Carlos studied to be a medical doctor. When an area church found itself between pastors, God used this experience to call Carlos to full-time ministry. Carlos had the potential to earn one of the largest salaries in his country as a medical doctor. Yet he chose to live in a modest home and earn a modest salary as he fulfilled God’s call on his life. His undivided loyalty to Christ affected his entire life.

The verse for today comes from Jesus’ encounter with a rich young man in Matthew 19:16-22. The young man approached Jesus with the pure intention of asking an honest question. In Jesus’ day it was taught that God granted eternal life based on the performance of good deeds. This way of thinking is still around. The young man wanted to know which good deeds would assure eternal life.

Jesus pointed him to the Ten Commandments, but He failed to mention commandment number 10, “Do not covet.” The young man said he had followed these commandments perfectly, or so he thought.

But Jesus called for the young man to be perfect. He called him to deal with his internal problem of coveting by outwardly letting go of the material possessions he loved most. These possessions defined him: others even called him the “rich young man.” Now, Jesus does not condemn owning material possessions or working a job which pays a salary. But He does require us to remove all stumbling blocks that stand between us and fellowship with God and following His will for our lives. That’s why Jesus’ last words to the young man were, “Come, follow me.”

We also must watch for subtle stumbling blocks to our spiritual commitment. These include anything that means more to you than pleasing God completely. Such stumbling blocks will make you weak and ineffective in your commitment to Christ because they divide your commitment. Once you remove them, you clear the path to heart purity.

The memory verse for this week is Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”

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Build your faith today by offering God your undivided loyalty.

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Have you ever noticed that a lot of TV commercials tell you that if you really want to impress others, you need to buy their product? Well, I, for one, am staging a walk-out on that kind of thinking! I’ve seen too many people allow themselves to be manipulated into buying things they don’t really need in order to impress people they don’t even like in the first place! Then they have to make payments on things they don’t even use with money they don’t even have! How crazy is that?

In the Bible, in John 5:41-44, Jesus tells the religious people of His day that they are more interested in being honored by the people around them than they are in being honored by God.

Let’s ask ourselves the questions, “Whom am I trying to impress? Do I change the way I behave around certain people? Why?”

There is a problem if the person we’re most trying to please is not God. If we are focusing our life on impressing certain people, we end up putting on an act only around them. But if the focus of our life is on pleasing God, our whole life has to change, because we can’t fool God…ever! We must then live a life of integrity, living with the same purpose and principles all the time, everywhere! Of course, that means we need God’s salvation, redemption and assistance all the time, everywhere! Then the One whose opinion really counts will say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”