There is no fooling God when it comes to being TOTALLY DEVOTED to Him. We can try to convince ourselves we’re truly committed to Jesus Christ as Lord. We can try to convince people at church we’re genuinely dedicated to God. We can try to convince our co-workers, friends, family, teammates, classmates, neighbors, Bible study buddies, Sunday school teachers, pastors, employers, homeless shelter roommates, prison cellmates, anyone at all that we’re living for the Lord. But if we’re not TOTALLY DEVOTED to Jesus in our hearts and lives, rest assured He knows.
Sadly, we live in a world in which putting on appearances and putting on shows and making things look nice and tidy and pretty and perfect on the outside is something we are taught we should do. After all, love, acceptance, praise, attention, affirmation, validation, and confirmation from others is something we’re taught by this world we’re supposed to earn, measure up to get, and work hard to receive.
Friend, we can tell the whole wide world we love the Lord, tuck our Bibles under our arms and go to church religiously for decades, answer every question correctly at the end of the chapters in our Bible study workbooks in case the teacher calls on us in front of everyone else, wear a cross necklace, buy the perfect Christmas tree every Christmas, write Christmas cards to a zillion people, call ourselves Christians to anyone and everyone, volunteer to serve at the church food pantry, sing in the church choir, call Jesus Christ Lord in front of everyone who will listen, and much, much more.
But if our hearts aren’t right with the Lord, if we’re not truly devoted to God, if we’re not really living for Jesus, if we’re not willing to forsake all for Him, if we’re not filled with and led by His Holy Spirit, if Jesus isn’t our “first love”, if we’re living according to the world’s ways instead of Christ’s ways, if we’re calling Jesus Lord and not living like He is, there ain’t no fooling God.
If you’re not TOTALLY DEVOTED to the Lord Jesus Christ, friend, now is the time to repent and make the change. Jesus isn’t looking for “lukewarm” believers. He’s looking for people to love and serve Him with all their hearts, “to worship Him in spirit and in truth”, to “forsake all” for Him, to make Him their “first love”, to praise, honor, and glorify God almighty, and to tell the world about Him. How do I know? He makes it abundantly clear in the Bible. Just like He makes clear He will vomit out “lukewarm” believers and is disgusted with people who call Him Lord and don’t obey Him and whose hearts are far away from Him.
To what does the Lord call us? To Himself! To repentance! To turn to Him! To total commitment. To total surrender. To be TOTALLY DEVOTED to Him!
Are you TOTALLY DEVOTED to the Lord Jesus Christ? If the answer is not yes, please friend, with all my heart, I beg you to fall to your knees and give the Lord your all – forevermore, AMEN!
“So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” Revelation 3:16
“I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.” Revelation 2:2-5
“He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR FROM ME” Mark 7:6
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”” John 4:23-24
“”But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” Luke 6:46
“So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33
“and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2 Cor. 5:15
“Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23