Jesus…for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross. Hebrews 12:2
Christ’s devotion to His Father and to God’s love for me kept Him on the cross. It was His unwavering commitment to His heavenly Father that prompted Him to begin ministry by submitting Himself to baptism by John. It was Christ’s devotion to His Father that motivated Him to spend forty days in the desert, alone and needy, so that He could be tempted with everything I might face–and yet remain victorious. It was because of His dedication to His Father that Christ enduerd the rejection, hatred, and betrayal of the very people He would die for. Christ’s devoted commitment was ultimately displayed in the turning point of human history–His death on the cross.
Hebrews tells us that Christ endured the cross because He looked forward to the joy of the days before Him. That means He so looked forward to a relationship with me that He was willing to die. The joy of the relationship with me is a part of what motivated Christ to put up with all the ridicule and disappointment.
We need a taste of that devotion if our marriages, friendships, relationships are to survive the tests life is sure to bring. Couples often ask for maritial help after one of life’s tragedies, such as a baby lost in labor, a bankruptcy, or a rebellious teenager. None of us is exempt from life’s pain, but couples seem to take two distinct paths as they recover from life’s hurts. For some couples, tragedy draws them closer together. For others, tragedy seems to break the already fragile relationship. My wife and I have suffered several tragedies in the past year, homelessness, joblessness, loneliness, financial bankrupcy,hope depleted due to the strain of what others were thinking of our all of a sudden sufferings to destitution, but we stayed devoted to the number one strand that holds our life together and that is Jesus. We went to jail for working a job that we found on Career Builders. We found out it was a scam 4 weeks into trying to save our home and comfortable exsistance. Faced with new felonies and no one wanting to trust us as being valid individuals, we were perplexed at first about what to do. We began to stand and pray staying in a position of humility. God gave temporary housing and revelation knowledge about why people react and work and live as They do. We moved on with trust in God’s provisions and found a family that was willing to endure with us what it took to get us on our feet again. devotion is the key that starts the hand of God to make all things work together for the good of them that love Him and are called according to His purpose.
I found out after watching so many of my cohorts suffer devorce due to the same trials I was facing, maybe not jail and the felon who is not able to get work due to the injustice associated with being apart of an un forgiven society, but finances didn’t allow their spouses to stand nor did the men stand for Christ. The couples who survive life’s tragedies are the ones who show devotion in the everyday things. They express commitment and devotion to one another regularly through acts of devotion, big and small. They love Jesus and listen to Him on the day of corporate worship, they hear Him when they have times of devotion with them closed in with the holy spirit and The word of God, they pray together about what is troubling them. They pray for the world and those who mistreat them. The put their enemies before God, they put their neighbors on the alter, they speak life about the promises they remind God that He said in His word. Lord do as you have said for your servant is the cry of them doing times of prayer.
We are not where we want to be, but we are where God dwells. We will get to be stewards again of our own. We beleive God is doing things that only He knows about. Lord, help us to remember to perform acts of devotion for each other in marriage and mankind. If you are upon a time in your life that requires devotion to God and the one you are with, stay connected to the hand that is scared for you.