Digging Deep in the Word | Public Affection or Private Devotion?

“Refuse to let your public affection exceed your private devotion.”

I was listening to this podcast today as I often like to while I’m trying to get things done.  These words rang out to me as if they’d been shouted from the rooftop rather than merely existing as a backdrop to my busy day.

“Refuse to let your public affection exceed your private devotion.” 

Last week, we talked about why personal, daily devotions are so important.  It’s a concept I have struggled with over the years for various reasons.  However, I’m so grateful that even though this past month has not left me with a perfect record of daily devotions, there has been a huge improvement in my own personal walk as a result of setting the intention to sit down with Jesus daily.

If you’ve been a reader for any length of time on my blog, you’ve likely noticed a theme around here, and that’s this: progress, not perfection… grace, not perfection…

And, I wholeheartedly believe that applies to this thing of developing your daily walk with the Lord as well.  There are going to be days that you fail.  There are going to be days when you succeed.  The important thing is that you keep going, because quitting definitely won’t get you where you want to go.

The quote I mentioned at the beginning of this post stuck out to me, because that really is what this whole thing is about… it’s private devotion to Jesus.  Could that be an accurate description of your time in the Word?  Is it a time of sacred, sweet, secret moments with Him?  That’s our goal here.

And it’s a great way to measure where we are in relationship with our Lord.

Are our lives all public affection with no private devotion?  Church on Sundays, pretty pictures of Bibles and coffee on Instagram, a shared post on FB… yet, never really any private devotion to Jesus?

Maybe our lives show lots of public affection with some private devotion?  We’re faithful to church, we share verses, but… it’s really all to let everyone know that we are really all that when it comes to Christianity?

Or could we say that our public affection is an outflow of our private devotion?  We are overflowing with joy because of those secret moments with Jesus when He fills us to overflowing and not a soul will ever even know those moments… but they are where our strength comes from – the secret place of prayer…

Oh, I’m not saying it’s wrong to share pretty pictures on social media or even write posts on our blogs… but if more about public affection than private devotion, we are missing the mark, and we need to re-evaluate.

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