“What NASCAR taught me about devotion”

“And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27(ESV)

Devotion to God is so much more than just wearing your Christian t-shirt.  Devotion means sold out.  I grew up watching NASCAR.  I know to some of you, NASCAR means Non Athletic Sport Centered Around Rednecks, but deal with me for just a minute.  A lot has changed in the sport from the 80’s until now.  I remember when I was a kid, if your driver drove a certain car manufacturer and the car was sponsored by a certain brand, you drove that brand of car and used that brand of product.  Lord help anyone who would talk bad about your driver, car manufacturer, or sponsor!  It would almost break out into a fight.  There was a devotion to that driver and the things he stood for.  I know some of you may feel that is below you or that appears childish, but remember Jesus did say, “If you do not have faith like these little ones”.  The amount of theology or worldly knowledge does not measure the maturity of the Christian.  Some of the deepest and most genuine Christians I have ever met were nothing more than lower class working people that were not able to finish school because the family needed them at home.  Some of the wisest Christians were the ones people thought were dumb.  Some of the best messages I have ever heard had horrible grammar.  

 Many times our intellect or appearance gets in the way of our devotion to God.  That is right; our self gets in the way of our Savior.  We try to live up to a standard our culture says is successful.  From the time we are in elementary school we are told to do well in school, go to college and look for a good career.  Our parents and teachers drill that mindset into us.  These are all good things, but we have gotten them out of balance.  First of all education is not the most important decision, Jesus Christ is.  Number two, being a success in the culture does not mean you are successful at being a man.  I have met many men who went to school and have awesome jobs that are miserable and wish it would all end.  When we put our mind to it as we are told we can accomplish anything except true happiness and contentment.  There is only one way you can find happiness and contentment, Jesus Christ.  Serving self will only lead to sorrow and suffering.  Serving the Savior will lead to satisfaction and sanctity.

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  1. Daniel, I am not a Nascar fan but what drew to this devotion was this. I was that man chasing everyone`s approval. When i did not get it it was heartbreaking to the point of depression. Since Christ brought me back into the fold i still crave other peoples approval but not as much as i used to. Its almost like a crutch that Satan uses to gain a foot hold if that makes sense. What i am trying to say is what you said about self getting in the way is so true and its my biggest struggle. I am learning that who my mind says i am and who my heart says i can be through Christ are two different people. Praise God my heart is starting to win!!!! I have really enjoyed when Ruby Morris and Phil Jellerson write their devotions but i am really eager to finish reading yours. The younger perspective is refreshing to me. God Bless you and your family and thank you for writing this months devotions.

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