Day 7 begins with Romans 12 in the Common English Bible (CEB): Click HERE to read!
Word(s) for Day 7: DEVOTE Yourself
‘Devote, dedicate, consecrate, hallow mean to set apart for a special and often higher end. Devote is likely to imply compelling motives and often attachment to an objective. Dedicate implies solemn and exclusive devotion to a sacred or serious use or purpose. Consecrate stresses investment with a solemn or sacred quality.’
Paul, the writer of Romans chapter 12, devoted himself to carrying the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the non-Jewish population of the world in which he lived. It was his sole focus – his reason for living. You have been given breath to breathe and life to live. God has invested His gifts in your physical body so that you can carry the Good News with you into every relationship, situation and location you find yourself in. On this first day of the New Year, consider making a single resolution…
Devote yourself to the things of God.
In other words…
Set yourself apart for the special and higher calling you’ve received.
Tether yourself to the compelling motives of people like Paul and allow your connection to the Holy to reveal your daily life-giving objectives.
Dedicate yourself exclusively to the King and the work of His Kingdom.
Invest your life and all your treasure in God’s Plan! Go all-in! Hold nothing back! Devote Yourself!
God of everything new, I choose this day to devote myself to You! Use my energy to show me where Your Spirit is at work in my life. Use my interests to pave the way to relationships with those You need me to care for. Use my mistakes and weaknesses to bind my heart together with other broken people in need of a Savior. Help me to stop dabbling in lots of nothing and instead, grant that I would have the strength and the motivation to invest in a little bit of heaven. I dedicate my everything to You, Lord. Do what You can with me! Amen.