Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 31, 2013

We become Less

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John 3:30. He must become more important while I become less important.”

We are very important to ourselves. Our natural trait is to put our needs, our wants and our desires before those of anyone else. Maturing spiritually is a slow, day by day process. Our goal is to be one with God. To get there we must learn to put Him before us. He must become greater to us than we are to ourselves. John the baptizer had the right idea. He knew he must fade into the background as Jesus increased in the lives of people. How do we fade when His Holy Spirit works through us? Our question is do we take the credit or do we give the credit to God? Do we seek to follow God’s directives and timing or do we only follow His after we find ours don’t work? God is far greater than we are. Let us remember and acknowledge.

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April 9, 2013

The Gift

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John 20:22. And after he said this, he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

We don’t know if this is a second appearance on that first night or a continuation of the appearance written in Matthew.  Through the Holy Spirit each gospel writer wrote what most impressed them.  Here Jesus breathed on them and told them to receive the Holy Spirit.  This is the same as when we first welcome Jesus into our lives.  The disciples didn’t realize what was given them.  This will happen in Acts after Jesus ascends to heaven.  The event in Acts is very intense and dramatic.  When we first realize the Holy Spirit is in us and wants to flow through us it might be intense or it might be slow and quiet.  Each of us becomes aware in differing amounts of time.  The Holy Spirit is like a pretty gift.  Some like the wrapping so much they only admire it.  Some open it carefully but are hesitant to use it.  Some open it and are in and out of using it.  Some open it with open arms and quickly learn to use it.  Our question is where are we in opening up the gift of the Holy Spirit and using it?

June 3, 2012

Resemblence

Filed under: Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:06 am
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John 17:22-23 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 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. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

I’m sure this has happened to many of us. A stranger comes up and asks us if we are someone’s daughter, son, sister or brother. They say we resemble them. God has said we are created in His image. His image is holy which incorporates the fruits of the spirit. (The Holy Bible, New International Version Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.) This is what God looks like. Our question is to we have any resemblance to God? The more we know Him, the more we give ourselves to Him, the more we allow Him to be one in us and us in Him the more His characteristics will show through us. Who do you resemble today?

November 19, 2011

No Job Too Small

Filed under: Bible,Christian,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:25 am
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John 13:5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

This comes from one of my nephews”

“I was grumbling about cleaning the bottom shelf on my hands and knees at a SweetBay Grocery Store when an old man patted me on the back and said “Thank you”. I turned to him and said “for what?’ He said, ” For what you do, giving us a clean place to shop”. No small dead goes unnoticed. Sometimes the things we see as a pain others see as a blessing.”

We have an attitude if it’s not our mess we don’t need to clean it up.  Jesus set the example.  Washing feet was the job of a lowly servant.  Feet were dirty and smelly.  We need no longer to wash feet before a meal as we wear shoes.  We still are responsible to follow the example set by Jesus.  We don’t need a job description to stoop to pick up trash left by someone else or anything else we see is needed.  We are to fill the need God puts in front of us with joy and thanksgiving regardless of what we consider to be our “calling.”  We do it not for our own credit but for God’s glory.

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