Dave Keep - Husband; Basketball Dad; Pastor; Blogger (davekeep.me)
Lately I’ve been reading an insightful work by Watchman Nee, called The Spiritual Man, that throws considerable light on key realities of the spiritual life. This synopsis, I think, will help us get to an answer for Why Devotions?
We are made of three parts, the body, soul and spirt (1 Thess. 5:53). The body is the seat of our senses (taste, touch, see, etc), the soul of self, and the spirit, the dwelling place of God. The soul is the prime factor of the three in that it is where we think (intellect), feel (emotions), and most importantly choose, (will).
From the outside we are influenced through the body by all the things our senses take in. We read the newspaper, listen to the radio, watch television, engage a friend in conversation, browse the internet. Those influences are brought to bear upon the soul, and decisions are made in response. If those happen to be the strongest influences, our soul - how we think and feel and choose - begins to be shaped by them. Before long our attitudes and behavior reflect them. Since God dwells in our spirit, He does not speak to us through our body, but rather through our spirit. The spirit of a man is the place of conscience, intuition and communion. It is in our spirit that we commune with God. It is through our spirit that God, if we allow Him, will shape our soul so that more and more we reflect the image of His Son. (2 Corinthians 3:8)
This is where devotions come in. Psalm 19:7 says, “the law of the Lord is perfect, reviving (lit. restoring) the soul.” And Paul said in Romans 12:2, “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” We spend quality time with God, in His word, so that we can know and understand His thoughts. We commune with Him in our spirit through prayer. These in turn inform and direct the soul to choose, and orders are issued and carried out in the body throughout the day that reflect those primary influences!
A bit heavy? Perhaps. But I hope you’ll meditate on these thoughts, and allow God to teach you that devotions are NOT about the motions. They are an opportunity for God to change you from the inside out! If you’d like to check out my blog, or sign up for an eDevotional I send about 5 times a week, I’d love to engage with you further.