It’s one of those words we know, but may or may not realize the weight it carries. Listen to Noah Webster’s definition from his 1828 dictionary:
Ardent love or affection; attachment manifested by constant attention.
Ardent is another word we need to define in order fully understand devotion:
Warm, applied to the passions and affections; passionate; affectionate; much engaged; zealous.
So to break these two words down, how much attention are you giving to your marriage at this point in your relationship? Are you focused on the good as well as the troubled spots? When you see trouble are you more apt to ignore it and hope it will go away? Or are you quick to talk about it.
The answers you give to these questions are indicators as to the level of devotion you have for your marriage.
The good news is we are only one decision away from making significant changes in regard to devotion.
There was a popular song from the movie Grease titled, Hopelessly Devoted To You. The premise of the song was that of a girl who lost the only love she had ever known. She didn’t think she would ever be free from devotion to him. She was “hopelessly devoted.”
As husband and wife committed to love our spouse as Christ loved the church, our devotion is not hopeless. On the contrary it is full of hope. Not only are we called to love one another unselfishly, but God wants us to devote our time, attention, affection and zeal towards our spouse. When we do this it is an act of worship to God. He receives the glory when we love our spouse in the way He intended.
God is devoted to our sanctification.
He has promised to complete the work He’s begun in us. And that which He promises He will do. It is certain. He has also promised to never leave us or forsake us–we have His constant, faithful attention. No detail is missed by His loving eyes. He is devoted to us.
As a result we are called to return His devotion and love in the same way, not only to Him, but also to the one to whom we’ve been joined in one flesh.