And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word (Lk. 10:39 KJV)
It is a prime day for us to discuss the question “What is a devotional?” today as we lunch “The Devotional Life: Your Key to a Spiritual Life with Results.” The term “devotional” today is used to describe a piece of Christian writing that encourages or inspires the believer each day. There are good daily devotional writings out there available today. However, the devotional, from God’s perspective in scriptures, is NOT reading a piece of inspiring writing or even a few verses for your Bible reading plan accompanied by prayer. There is more.
One of the best scenes from scripture that captures the heart of the devotional is Luke 10:39 above that describes Mary as the one who “sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard His Word.” The devotional life is a habit of sitting daily at God’s Table, feeding your spirit with the Word accompanied by a time of fellowship in prayer.
If there is a heavy price for our paying for our modern lifestyle that no other human generation has been privileged to enjoy, it is the price of our time with God. The pace of life has increased a thousand times more since Bible days, and many things have changed dramatically but not our need for being with our Father consistently. As you will read in the book above, the devotional habit is an “endangered species” because many find it almost impossible to meditate on the Word or pray consistently because of the overwhelming pressures of life. Do not let this happen to you. Nothing has the potential of impacting your life as a habit of feeding on His Word and having quality time of prayer.
Why was Martha not at the feet of Jesus like Mary? See Luke 10:40.
APPLY THE WORD
If your devotional life is in shambles, please do something about it immediately. I am not talking about purchasing a book or reading daily devotions. Do everything you can, with God’s wisdom and power, to ensure you revive your personal time with God.
Ask the Lord for the wisdom and strength to establish a fruitful devotional life.