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Introduction

His Roles: Week 1

His Roles: Week 2

His Roles: Week 3

His Roles: Week 4

His Joy: Week 5

His Joy: Week 6

His Joy: Week 7

His Joy: Week 8

His Strength: Week 9

His Strength: Week 10

His Strength: Week 11

His Strength: Week 12

His Sensitivity: Week 13

His Sensitivity: Week 14

His Sensitivity: Week 15

His Sensitivity: Week 16

His Loyalty: Week 17

His Loyalty: Week 18

His Loyalty: Week 19

His Loyalty: Week 20

His Love: Week 21

His Love: Week 22

His Love: Week 23

His Love: Week 24

His Leadership: Week 25

His Leadership: Week 26

His Leadership: Week 27

His Leadership: Week 28

His Teachings: Week 29

His Teachings: Week 30

His Teachings: Week 31

His Teachings: Week 32

His Light: Week 33

His Light: Week 34

His Light: Week 35

His Light: Week 36

His Priorities: Week 37

His Priorities: Week 38

His Priorities: Week 39

His Priorities: Week 40

His Spirit: Week 41

His Spirit: Week 42

His Spirit: Week 43

His Spirit: Week 44

His Balance: Week 45

His Balance: Week 46

His Balance: Week 47

His Balance: Week 48

Next Year:

By Richard and Linda Eyre

WEEK 18: DEVOTION AND DEDICATION

It has been said that the difference between great and mediocre men is a cause. A cause lights the way, propels the mind, and gives color and scope to the otherwise selfish flatness of life.

The Saviorís cause, of course, defies comparison with that of any mere mortal, because his cause was the cause, the Fatherís cause of bringing to pass ďthe immortality and eternal life of man.Ē His devotion to this cause began tin the pre-earth life and is total, complete, and perfect Ė and will be so for the rest of eternity.

Ponder the magnitude of that cause Ė mankindís eternal life. Try to realize that giving of life is woven around and through all that we know of Jesus Christ. He created this earth, and helped to create the physical bodies we now inhabit, thus giving us mortal life, and sharing with us all the joyous forms of life that occupy his earth. He ransomed his perfect life for our imperfect ones, thus giving us immortal life through a universal resurrection. He gave us his gospel and he leads his church, thus giving us the path and the opportunity for eternal life. He gave us covenants, ordinances and commandments, and to those who come to know him more and more, his commands seem less and less like arbitrary restrictors and more and more like wise counsel from a loving father.

Examples of the Saviorís singular dedication to his Fatherís cause (and his own cause) are everywhere in the scriptures: At age twelve, he was already concerned with his cause (see Luke 2:49). He reiterated timelessly his personal subservience to his cause and to his Father (see John 4:34, 12:26, 13:16) and the question of not fulfilling his commitment to the cause never occurred to him (John 18:11).

It was and is because of his own total-minded loyalty and single-minded priority that he could (and can) ask the same of us: seek first the kingdom. Donít serve two masters. Be with me or you are against me (see Matthew 6:24, 6:33, 12:30). When the message didnít penetrate, he said it more dramatically: sell all you have and follow me. Disregard even your parents for my sake (see Matthew 19:21, Luke 14:26).

When Christ was praised or complimented, he either transferred that praise to his Father or he used it as a chance to teach us his devotion by promising that we would be blessed if we would keep Godís word as he has (see Luke 11:27-28).
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