Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 4, 2019

Serving Servant

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,love,service,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

Philippians 2:5  In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: (NIV)

Here are instructions as to how we are to relate with our fellow human beings.  We are to have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.  What kind of mindset did Jesus have when walking in a human body on this earth?  We read further, (Philippians 2:6) Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage.  We concentrate on the fact all men are created equal and that is right.  However, we are not to use our equableness in the wrong way. In verse 7 we read, rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  Jesus too on the very nature of a servant.  We are not only here to serve God, we are here to serve one another.  Our own nature says we want to be served, not serve.  God’s nature says we are to serve, not be served.  We would rather be the guest of honor at a banquet than the server cleaning up after the banquet.  When we learn to serve, we find there is a special joy in knowing we have helped others.  That is the joy that comes from God.  Those who always find themselves being served loose what joy they have by becoming accustomed to being served and desiring it more and more to the point of never being happy with what they have.  Let us open ourselves to the very nature of God.  Jesus showed us the Father’s nature by serving through perfect love; serving all the way through death.  Let us die to our egos and serve one another.

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March 30, 2019

As He Served

Filed under: Jesus,Lord,seder,service,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

John 13:15 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. (NIV)

Jesus was the honored guest at the Passover Seder dinner yet He took off His robe, tied a towel around Himself and did the roll of a servant by washing the feet of the disciples.  Though He was the One Who should have been served, He did the lowliest of servings.  Then He said we are to do the same as He did.  No job is too lowly, too beneath us or too dirty for us to do.  We tried to teach of children when you see a piece of trash on the ground or floor, it doesn’t matter that you weren’t the one who dropped it there, you see it, you pick it up and dispense of it the right way.  How much more beautiful our road sides would be if we all applied that task to ourselves.  It’s the same with all other jobs.  We falsely think we are to be served by others.  We think it’s their job.  Many times we don’t even thank those who serve us.  Afterall, they get paid to do so.  Jesus, the King of All, the Son of God, the One we should serve, served us to the ultimate.  He gave His life for us.  Let us cultivate a servant’s heart in ourselves.  Let us watch and follow through where we can be of service, regardless of how inconvenient we may deem it to be.  Let us also be sure to thank those who serve us, regardless of how much they might be paid to do so.  Let us follow the example of our Lord.

February 28, 2019

Use It or Lose It

Filed under: gifts,God,Jesus,service,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:54 pm

Luke 19:26 26 “He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away. (NIV)

In the exercise world there is a saying, “Use it or lose it.”  The same is true in the spiritual world.  God has given each of us gifts for the purpose of serving Him and spreading His love and His Word.  The question we must answer is are we using the gifts God has given us?  When we use our gifts we become more adapt at using them.  As we use them in serving God we are able to increase our service.  There is also another saying, “Practice makes perfect.”  Though we will not be perfect nor use our gifts perfectly nor serve God perfectly while we live in our sinful, physical state, we can, through using our gifts, grow closer and closer to being perfect in the Lord.  Those new in the faith don’t know their gift.  As we grow in our faith our gifts will become obvious to others around us.  If you don’t know your gifts, talk with a believer who knows you.  They can help you identify your gifts.  Quite often we think our gifts are our natural talents and often they are in agreement with each other.  But, don’t close your mind to gifts far different from your natural talents.  I’m a professional musician by training.  God did use me in this way for quit a while.  I wasn’t trained in writing.  This was a big surprise for me.  Remember, with God, anything and everything is possible.

February 4, 2019

Always Ready

Filed under: God,heart,Jesus,service,Uncategorized,wisdom,worship — by ginrich @ 8:15 pm

Psalms 90:12  Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (NIV)

None of us knows how many days we have on this earth.  We must learn to make each and every day count.  The best way to do this is to live each day as if it is the day Jesus comes back to this earth to take us home.  When He comes, we want Him to find us doing what He has called us to do.  Every morning I ask God to help me be pleasing to Him this day.  I ask Him to help me hear His direction for the day.  At night I review the day and often find myself asking forgiveness for the time I’ve wasted.  When time is past, we cannot reclaim it.  Though we cannot give an exact number to our future days, we can number each day as an important day to serve and worship our God.  Let us have the wisdom to make sure we are always ready to go with Jesus to the Father’s throne.

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