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For me, shopping is often all about finding the best deal. But when it comes to our faith and devotion to Jesus Christ, the price paid to cover our grotesque debt was anything but cheap or free. The priceless cost of the spilled blood of our Savior is now freely and graciously offered to all of us for our freedom. This loving sacrifice should surely lure our hearts to be ALL IN to Him. Right?
But the sad truth for many of us is this – we are often far more devoted to ourselves or others than we are to our Savior, Christ Jesus.
A devoted heart is NOT a divided heart.
What or who competes for your heart?
I realize this question may cause you to squirm if you pause long enough to consider it. Please don’t shy away. Your answer is of extreme importance.
Today, we are going to examine our heart’s devotion by considering the life of a stunningly devoted king of ancient Judah, King Josiah.
2 Kings 23:25 NIV shares helpful insight about Josiah’s heart:
Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the LORD as he did—with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with all the Law of Moses.
What is true devotion? Josiah’s life certainly will show us. And so to answer this question, I want us to prayerfully consider 3 common traits in Josiah’s life.
3 COMMON TRAITS OF A DEVOTED HEART
- A DEVOTED HEART IS A FULLY COMMITTED HEART
Although Christ’s salvation is offered freely, a devoted life to Him will cost you. Nothing great is without a cost. We just read that Josiah turned to the Lord with his ALL – with all he had and all he was. There were no competitors for his heart. He was fully committed to following the ways of God no matter what it cost him.
- A DEVOTED HEART IS A TEACHABLE HEART
Although King Josiah had worldly power and prestige, his heart remained humble and moldable. He was willing to look for wisdom, help, and answers outside of himself. In doing so, he was prepared to receive the Word of God – The Book of the Law (or Covenant) that God made with His people, which was discovered after having been somehow discarded and lost in God’s holy temple.
- A DEVOTED HEART IS A RADICALLY REPENTANT HEART
Upon hearing the shocking truth read from the Book of the Law that he and the people of Judah had been completely and grievously breaking every command God had given them, Josiah’s heart responded beautifully. He tore his clothes and wept in deep repentance. But he didn’t stop there. Josiah didn’t waste a moment. Springing into action, he immediately sought God’s direction, gathered all the elders of the land, and began a long demolition campaign – destroying every sight of blatant evil against the Lord.
I can barely relate to this type of radical devotion. Can you? I mean we aren’t kings that lead national, holy crusades, right? But wait. Maybe we can relate. Maybe it’s our everyday choices, some big but mostly small ones, where we carry out God’s heart and ways in a sin-filled, broken world, that we are radically devoted like Josiah. Yes, that’s us!
How well do you receive hard-hitting truth?
Do you become defensive and unwilling to listen when being corrected or judged?
I believe that the answers to these two questions are major game-changers. Sadly, personal harm comes at a substantial price when we fail to humbly admit our weaknesses and, in turn, devote ourselves to the One who stands ready to be our strength. To be a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ means that we will readily humble ourselves when confronted with our sin. Remember, a devoted heart is NOT a divided heart.
What or who competes for your heart?
Where exactly does your true love, passion, and loyalty lie?
Think on these and give every insight a name.
Read the account of King Josiah in 2 Kings 22 & 23.
Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. Psalm 86:11,12 NIV
And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, Deuteronomy 10:12 NIV