Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 12, 2013

Learn and Serve

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Matthew 9:9. As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.

Matthew was considered scum in the Jewish culture. He was a Jew who was not only working for the enemy by collecting taxes for them,he was also a thief demanding more money than was due from his own people. He was looked down on with disgust. Yet Jesus called Matthew to follow Him and become one of His 12 disciples. Matthew followed and eventually wrote a gospel. No one is too sinful, to hated, to damaged to be called by God to follow and serve in the ways shown by God’s Son, Jesus. We are never too young, too old, too crippled, too smart, too ignorant or too anything. God has called each and every person for a purpose. Each and every one has a path to walk that will glorify God. The question is will we choose to walk that path or will we bemoan how useless we are, how much we can’t do. There is always something new for each of us to learn regardless of how old, smart or experienced we are and always something for God to do through us as long as we take a breath on this earth. Let us choose to learn and serve

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August 31, 2013

Belong and Serve

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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?

August 29, 2013

Whom Do We Choose

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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 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 s whom do we belong and who do we choose to serve?

July 17, 2013

Faith and Works

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James 2:17. So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead being by itself.

We cannot work our wy into eternal life with God. But faith in god without good works to demonstrate the faith is dead. Faith leads to works. Works don’t lead to faith; they only demonstrate the faith. We must have balance in our lives. We build everything on faith. Faith grows through the practice of private prayers and in-depth meditation on the written word of God. These will lead us into using our spiritual eyes and increasing our love for others. This increases our desire to serve God through our serving others. All this service is good as long as we are looking at God as we serve and not ourselves. Our question is why are we serving? If it is to look good or because we want thanks we aren’t serving God. Let us look upward as we serve outward.

November 14, 2012

Not My Will But Yours

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Luke 22:42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me. Yet not my will but yours 
be done.” 

I’m tired and don’t feel good today.  I didn’t want to write.  Yet I remember what Jesus said to God the Father.  Jesus did not want to receive 40 less one lashing that would take out chunks of His flesh.  He didn’t want a crown of thorns mashed down on His head.  He didn’t want to drag a cross beam through crowded streets in the midst of jeering, angry voices.  He didn’t want to be stripped naked and nailed to a cross.  He did want to do His Father’s will and do all this for me so I could be forgiven and have fellowship with Him and the Father and be with them for all eternity.  All He’s asking me to do is sit, pray, listen, read scripture and write what I hear.  How can I do less no matter what is going on or how I feel.  Many times we find we are faced with a situation we don’t really want or maybe don’t even like.  If we have given God our lives, if we give the day to Him for His will and His glory then anything that comes our way  is there for us to face through His hand for His purpose.  Our question is do we choose to trust and serve God through and in the midst of all things?  He did so much for us.  How can we not do so little for Him.

November 6, 2012

Watching

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Luke 12:37  Blessed are those slaves whom their master finds alert when he returns! I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, have them take their place at the table, and will come and wait on them! 

If Jesus returned for us in the next minute what would He find us doing?  What would He hear us saying?  What would He find us thinking?  Are we being obedient to Him in all things, outward and inward?  Are we watching around us and looking for His movement, His bidding for serving?  We tend to be so wrapped up in our own world, in our own chores and/or in our own pleasure-seeking we fail to notice the movement of His Holy Spirit.  We miss witnessing miracles.  We miss the blessings of being one who allows His Holy Spirit to work a miracle through us.  Our question is where are our priorities?  Are we on this earth for our own agenda or are we here to learn to walk with Him, praise Him, worship Him and serve Him.  Let us learn to start each day asking for a fresh in-filling of His Holy Spirit, eyes to see His working and opportunities to serve and ears to hear His bidding.  Let us be doing these things when He comes to call us home.

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