I have spoken many times in these “moments” about brotherhood and what it means to be a biker and to experience the brotherhood of being a member of a motorcycle club, or other organization that builds relationships between men in ways that fulfill our natural desire to be part of a family, and to know we can rely on our brothers regardless of what may come. And of course brotherhood isn’t just a male thing, it can also apply between women and to male/female relationships.
But, today I would like to talk about devotion. Devotion is something we express toward someone. Perhaps a spouse, or to our family. Devotion is an outpouring of love that draws us into action. It might take the form of a young man that loves a young lady, who lives in the next county. He drives 30 miles every night after work when he’s exhausted, just to be with his love for a few hours before crashing in his own bed after driving another 30 miles back home. Or, it could be a woman who gets up early every morning to prepare breakfast and lunches for her family, cleans her house and washes clothes. She buys groceries, and comes home to prepare dinner so she can spend a few precious moments with her family before crashing in bed exhausted. (I know I’m not being politically correct here.) 🙂
There is another kind of devotion though, and that is the devotion we experience and pour out on the world around us as we come to more fully understand the love that God has for us.
John 15:12-14 Says; “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I loved you.Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.You are My friends if you do what I command you.”
These words are a command, and so they sound like rules when we read them, but as we come to understand the enormous, even amazing love that God has for us, we literally cannot help but be devoted to the One who gave everything so that you and I could have a relationship with Him. A relationship that is more fulfilling than any other relationship in my life.
John 15:16 Goes on to say; “You did not choose Me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you.“
Jesus literally chose each of us individually to have a relationship with Him, and in doing that, He gave us the power to ask God for anything, and He promises that it will be given to us, as long as we ask in His name.
You see, devotion is a two way street. Jesus chose us and is as devoted to us as we can be devoted to Him. The more we understand how much He loves us, the more we desire to serve Him.
John 15:17 Completes this story; “This is My command to you: Love one another.”
How could I do anything else, as I come to more fully understand the love that God has for me, and that He has for you?