The Great Competitor

Earlier today in my community youth leader meeting I shared part of a devotional from “My Utmost For His Highest”  In one of the days titled “It Is The Lord!” Oswald Chambers warns us, “Beware of anything that competes with your loyalty to Jesus Christ.  The greatest competitor of true devotion to Jesus is the service we do for Him.  It is easier to serve than to pour out our lives completely for Him.”

Week in and week out many of us serve in various areas.  We teach, preach, lead a Bible study, do service projects, lead worship, plan community events, and the list could go on and on.  In the midst if we are not careful we can begin to be more loyal to our occupations or ministries than we are to the Lord.  We can begin worshiping church success, big events, and numbers more than surrendering to Jesus Christ.

So in the midst of your serving don’t begin worshiping it.  As Oswald Chambers said, “Beware of anything that competes with your loyalty to Jesus Christ.”  Do not let anything else take His place in your life.  May Jesus have your complete devotion this week as you serve those around you.

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