“If anyone thinks himself to be devout,” he may want to think again. Devotion is not something that God simply credits to our account just because we have reduced our walk with Him to manageable, repetitive religious habit. Rather, by nature, it is supposed to be dynamic, spontaneous & responsive in any given situation. Devotion is the intersection between our daily lives & the degree to which we welcome [YHWH] to rule it. It is an accurate reflection of how we are really relating to Yeshua—right now.
For example, when everything we have to say is negative & critical & prideful, or we speak out harshly in anger or frustration, or we simply run off at the mouth, saying whatever unfiltered thought that pops in our head, we are “not bridling [our] tongue, but rather deceiving [our] heart,” demonstrating without doubt how truly undevoted we are to God. On the contrary, this shows how dedicated we are to ourselves—our own mind & thoughts—& how devoid our spirit is of divine & Scriptural influence.
When [Yah] is not sufficiently invited into our normal, ordinary daily lives—& we are not sufficiently engaged with Him in it—no amount of compartmentalized prayer, Bible study, praise, worship, congregational attendance, tradition or ritual will amount to “devotion pure & undefiled” in the eyes of the Father. Instead, it is “vain,” empty, useless & worthless. It is devoid of anything that would connect us to God & the world around us in a significantly meaningful way.
Instead, “devotion pure & undefiled with the God & Father is this: to look after orphans & widows in their oppression, & to keep [one]self unspotted from the world.” .
...[A]n undefiled, pure devotion is set on pleasing God & meeting the needs of others. It is extroverted—it serves & runs after God with self-sacrificial motives, consciously aware of both the need to act outwardly on behalf of others, as well as the necessity to act inwardly in pursuit of purity & sinlessness. [copied material from Kevin Geoffrey] #WidowsAndOrphans #PureandUndefiled #Selfless #Devotion #Devoted #Spotless #Sacrifice #SelfControl #bridleyourtongue #LivingSacrifice #DailySacrifice