January 20 - How Serious Is Your Devotion?

By Alice Northcutt

Today's Scripture: Matthew 13:44-46

Central Thought: As we go through life, we normally devote our efforts to attaining what we consider to be of greatest value.

    Devotion may be defined as serious adoration or worship of an individual or object. It may lead one to seek out the object of devotion by going to great lengths and even great expense to do so.

    In the two short parables Jesus shares in Matthew 13:44-46, He compares the kingdom of heaven to a "treasure" and a "pearl of great price." In both comparisons, the seeker is willing to sell all that he has to purchase the item he values.

    We should be just as diligent when it comes to seeking for the kingdom of heaven. We must be willing to submit to the invitation to follow Christ, commit to serve Him, and omit hindrances to our devotion to Him. If we make this sold-out commitment, we will become rich in heavenly treasures as we gain the love that is spoken of in 1 Corinthians 13, the fruit of the spirit that is spoken of in Galatians 5:22-23, and the blessings of devotion Jesus spoke of in Matthew 5:3-11. Obedience to His admonitions in Matthew 5:12–7:27 will be considered a privilege rather than a burden; freedom rather than bondage.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, help me to seek out the true treasures of life that cannot be measured by money or other material gain, and help me to accept You as my pearl of great price as I commit my life to You daily.

Today's Bible Reading: Genesis 41:17-42:17; Matthew 13:24-46; Psalm 18:1-15; Proverbs 4:1-6