Robert Chamberlain shares his thoughts on having extreme devotion to God. You can also listen to this devotion in the video below.
“Abraham said, ‘God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.’ So they went both of them together.” (Genesis 22:8 ESV)
An Example of Extreme Devotion
This verse is part of one of the most dramatic chapters in Scripture. God told elderly Abraham to sacrifice his miracle child Isaac to Him. He clearly couldn’t bear to tell Isaac what was going to happen, because this was His reply to Isaac’s question about the offering.
We might think God’s demand of Abraham required extreme devotion, and it does. Yet Jesus demands no less of us. He commands us to renounce all we have to follow Him.
We don’t necessarily have to be travelling vagrants to follow Jesus. Yet He has to be everything to us, not anything else we may have. We came to this world with nothing and we leave with nothing – salvation is an epic bonus.
A Greater Example of Extreme Devotion
Thankfully, God did indeed provide an alternative sacrifice for Abraham. Thankfully, Christ has died for our forgiveness. This doesn’t mean to say we shouldn’t be prepared to give up everything for Him however.
O Lord our God, we’re so grateful for Christ crucified on our behalf. May we live all out for Him, in extreme devotion for the honour of His name we pray, Amen.
Follow this link for more writings by Robert Chamberlain: (Watching Daily at Wisdom’s Gates)
Also read: The miracle of Christian conversion: What can we learn from the Apostle Paul’s Damascus Road experience