Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 31, 2013

Belong and Serve

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am
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Acts 27:23. For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve came to me

What a beautiful statement from the apostle, Paul. He stated he belonged to God and served God. In this world we are consumed with being “our own man.” We strive for independence and self-satisfaction. We regard life as being about “me, me, me.” We make vows to God and our churches saying we will support our churches with our prayers, our presence, our service and our giving, but don’t consistently follow through. We do just enough to be able to say we did. Jesus gave His all for us. We did nothing to deserve it. We can do nothing to earn it. Jesus did it out of obedience to the Father and love for us. Our question is how can we hold back? We either love Him enough to give Him our all or we choose to place ourselves first. To whom do we belong and who do we choose to serve?

September 24, 2011

Why Jesus Came

Jn 17:23 I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

In this prayer of Jesus He expresses why He came.  He came to bring us into unity – unity with God the Father and God the Son and with each other.  To come into unity we must first go to the cross, accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, ask and receive forgiveness of our sins (anything that breaks our unity with God) and receive His Holy Spirit into our lives.  Unity is hard for us as humans.  We are taught early to be independent.  We strive to have our way.  We see so much disunity in our churches.  Everyone has their own opinion and wants their opinion to set the standard.  We fail to look to God for direction and answers.  We fail to lay our own opinions aside to be in unity with each other.  As long as decisions follow the Word of God, we can choose to put our own opinions aside for the good of unity.  Let us quit striving to be so individualistic and strive to be one in God and one in each other.

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