Here, Moses charged the house of Levi to dedicate themselves. The issue of dedication is an important consideration for us as Christians.
Jesus gave a parable of a rich fool, who after he had a bountiful harvest decided to dedicate his time to enjoyment (Luke 12:15-21). As judgment for such wrong priority, he died the very night he said that. It is very important that we take careful measure to dedicate ourselves to God; to prioritise seeking God, and be engaged in His service. Moses asked: who is on the Lord’s side (Exodus 32:26)? Those are the people who are committed to him continually.
There are ways you should dedicate yourself to God, in seeking him. Two basic day to day activities that show dedication to God are praying and reading the bible. You can’t be wrong when you prioritise those two activities; when they are permanent fixtures in your daily activities.
What does praying means to you? Is it just something to pass the time with? Is it a pursuit of the presence of God? If the later then you are on the right track. Praying should be done because we love God. Praying should not be motivated by need but love.
When you love God, then you want to be with him. That is what prayer is all about- being with God. There needs to be a change of mind from a work mentality when it comes to prayer to a love mentality. With that, payer then ceases to be a chore but a joy, as it is all about fellowship with the Holy Spirit. It is dedication to God and not something done out of a sense of obligation.
Prayer should therefore not be so much about what is said, or how well it is said, but the need to be transformed through it. Though we close our eyes in the natural (or not), in prayer we look into the heavenly places, looking at God, gazing on Christ, and the bible says when we do that, we are changed from one level of glory to the other (2Corinthians 3:16-18).
The bible says that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled (Matthew 5:6). Let hunger and thirst for God drive you into the place of prayer. At the end of the prayer time, you should be more filled with God (who you are hungry and thirsty for) than you began; we should have contacted a measure of his glory.
David said as the deer pants for the water brooks, he pants after God (Psalm 42:1-2). You need to live the place of prayer with a sense of satisfaction after taking a fill of the water of life from the presence of God. When hunger and thirst for God is missing in your life then something major is missing.
Dedication to prayer is about an ongoing love affair with God where you are wrapped in his embrace.
We are a blessed generation. We have access to the knowledge of God like never before in the history of the world, we have the examples of those who have gone before us we can learn from. Paul said that what is written down is meant for those of us who in at the end of the age, to learn, so that from their experience we would be instructed about the ways and word of God.
Paul said that Timothy is at an advantage because from a young age he knew the Holy Scriptures which is able to make him wise unto salvation (2Timothy 3:15-16). To be dedicated to the word of God is to be dedicated to the pursuit of wisdom and the alternative? – become a fool. Paying attention to the bible is the path to wisdom; it is the path to being on the same frequency the one who is the only wise God.
The scriptures are the revelation of Jesus Christ. Jesus said that they point to him (John 5:39-40). So if we have any regard for Jesus, we would have regard for the words of the bible.
Do you know that to finish reading the bible within a year, you only need to read four chapters a day, and maintain that commitment throughout the year? The first time I finished the bible throughout, I committed to reading two chapters of the bible in the morning and another two at night.
Some days when I could not meet up with the target, I tried to cover up the next day. At the end of the year, reading through gave me such a high, that I repeated the process.
What about you? Why not start tomorrow?
On your way through the bible, don’t allow a point you don’t immediately understand to distract you from you mission. Just go on.
Think of it as if being on a familiarisation tour of the bible, not a perfection tour (you don’t have to understand everything). Don’t be distracted by what you don’t understand. Don’t allow the boring part to get to you, keep your eyes on the goal. It takes a lot of discipline no doubt, but a new you will come out at the end of that one year experience.
Where should you start from? Why not start from Genesis. With that, for the rest of the year, you will be on autopilot in the sequence of the chapters you are reading.
Write down the chapter you covered so that the next day you don’t waste any time trying to remember where you should read the each time. Also, chronicle your adventure in scriptures on a blog, online journal, social networks, or with the good old’, pen and paper. You can share your experience on social media platforms online. See you on the other side of one year of dedicating yourself to reading through the scriptures.
- Do You Only Have A “Prayer Life”? (ourdailybread101.wordpress.com)
- Willing to Be Thought A Fool (ourdailybread101.wordpress.com)
- The Battle Between Faith and Worry (ourdailybread101.wordpress.com)
- How We Read the Bible (talkingatheism.wordpress.com)
- The Necessity of Prayer! (kevilynj.wordpress.com)
- Devotion #5 (feedtheirspirit.wordpress.com)
- Persistence is the key (pbsministries.wordpress.com)
- Psalm 149-Pick up your Song Book and Bible (inchristalonedevotions.wordpress.com)
- Preparing Your Heart to be a Wife (annawood.wordpress.com)
- Intense Prayer (pbsministries.wordpress.com)