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Holiness: Week 1 - Devotion 3

“There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.” - Samuel 2:2    

Here’s a question that might feel like you’re getting put on the spot. But think about it anyway. Here we go: If you used only your time as a judge, what is the most important thing in your life? (See? That wasn’t so bad was it?) 

For most of you, the answer is "school." And that's not a bad thing. But what would be next? After you've given time to going to school and doing homework, what do you give your next largest block of time to? Sports? Video games? Work? Lying on the couch? The truth is, the way you allocate your time speaks volumes about what matters in your life. How you spend your time is your vote for what's really important.

Read 1 Samuel 2:2. Read it again. It's so short you might miss it. See that part where it says, "There is no one beside you?" That little comment is speaking about competition. It says, "Nothing competes with you, God. You're so holy and awesome. You are my number one." See where we're headed with this?

Using our earlier way of measuring, can you honestly say there is no one or nothing competing with God for your attention and affection? What does the way you use your time and energy say? Part of recognizing God as uniquely holy and uniquely worthy of our praise and devotion is adjusting our lives to put Him first. What about you? Is God alone at the top of your life? 

 

Think about this:

  • Is there something you know of in your life that comes before God? What is it? Why has it taken such a place of importance in your world?

  • Do you believe God is perfectly holy? Do you believe He’s worthy of your affection and attention? Then what will you do to get things back in the right order? 

Emily Traylor