June 25th 2010

Devotion

“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”
1 Peter 2:21 (NIV UK)

Flipping through the TV schedule recently, I came across a programme called ‘Michael Jackson Devotion’.  Michael Jackson, the King of Pop passed away June 25, 2009, and like Elvis Presley his fans continue to be devoted.  He is their ‘pop idol’ and they worship him.  They read everything written about him, want to talk like him, dress like him, walk like him and imitate him in their lives.  Their devotion takes them on pilgrimage to his home, they want to own things he touched and talk about him at every opportunity.  They are true ‘evangelists’!

Christians might have a programme called ‘Jesus Christ Devotion’.  Jesus Christ, King of Kings, died in the spring of around 30 AD.  We are his fans and he is our object of worship.  We read His Book, The Bible, and books about him.  We ask WWJD (What Would Jesus Do)?  We want to talk like him, walk like him and imitate him in our lives.  Our devotion takes us to Church to worship him and hear his word each week.  We may get excited and sing and dance and shout, celebrating goals and triumphs, praising him.  People go on pilgrimages to Jerusalem and consider relics Holy that are connected with him.  We talk about him at every opportunity as true evangelists, disciples and fans.

Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley are dead but Jesus rose from the grave.  Devotion to God leads to Eternal Life and lasting happiness and hope.

Prayer
Father in Heaven, accept our worship and devotion as we seek to follow and emulate you.
Amen

Study by Nancy Silcox 

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