Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 21, 2010

Intense Love

 

Isa 29:13 The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.

 It is hard to be honest with ourselves about how much we really love God.  We are commanded to love Him with our whole hearts but we keep many parts of ourselves from Him.  We go to church service and politely sing and read responses.  We give of our extra cash or maybe we even tithe 10% of our income.  We might consider that more than enough.  We don’t want to threaten our current life-style.  We don’t want to give up some of our extra activities to attend an extra service, a Bible study a prayer group or Sunday school.  We are lukewarm.

 I sat next to a visitor the other Sunday who lives on someone else’s property in a tent and rides a bike or walks everywhere.  I watched her put all her money she had into the collection plate.  After church I invited her to join us for lunch.  She said, “How did you know Ii was praying someone would invite me to lunch?”  She only has hot meals when someone offers to take her out.  In spite of her circumstance she, like the widow in the Bible who gave of her last mite, gave all she had in faith of God’s provision.  She really loves God and talks to all she meets about His love for her and for those she meets.  She is not lukewarm.  She is intensely in love with God. 

 I don’t want to be lukewarm even if it means getting out of my comfort zone or wherever He might lead me.  Won’t you join me in the prayer, “Lord, work within me and bring me to an intense love of You.  Help me get away from feeling life is about me and my accomplishments to life is about You.  Help me to be pleasing to You.

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Self Exam

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:24 am

 

2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you —unless, of course, you fail the test?

 It is really hard to look at ourselves honestly.  This is best done in prayer, asking God to show us what is in us that is not of Him.  Being “on fire” for God is not reserved for preachers, missionaries or the “fanatics.”  We are all to be wholly committed to Him.  One test is checking how are time is spent.  How much time do we watch TV, do sports, recreations, socializing, reading novels, planning vacations, etc versus how much time do we spend in the Bible, in prayer.  Are we reading the Bible and praying because we should or because we really want to.  What is our favorite thing to do?  Do we share God’s Word with others or are we afraid we are interfering with their private lives.  Do we share what God does for us or are we afraid people will think we’re a little strange.  There are many questions we can ask ourselves.  When God calls me home, I want to hear Him say, “Well done, My good and faithful servant.”  I have a long way to go to make that possible.  This takes time, energy and commitment.  It takes determination and dedication.  It will be costly to my life-style and comfort zone but the result will be more than worth the effort.

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