Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 16, 2012

One Thing Lacking

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Luke 18:22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

If you’ve read the Bible you would find Jesus did not give these instructions to everyone who wanted  salvation or wanted to follow Him.  He specifically gave them to this one man.  Jesus knew where this man’s heart was.  He knew what was most important in this man’s life.  This man’s life revolved around his own riches.  Being rich was his priority.  What Jesus is asking of each of us is to make Him and His will the most important thing in our lives.  He tells us we are to put Him before everything and everyone else.  This does not mean we don’t work at a job to earn money to support ourselves and our families.  This doesn’t mean we are to turn our backs on our families and go to some deserted place to live to be alone with God.  This means we are to put Him first, to let Him show us what to do when and where as we continue to support our families and be with them while we are loving, worshiping and obeying our God.  When we put God first in what we do and who we are all other relationships and life tasks fall into order.  God gives His children wisdom, love, patience and all the other fruits of His Holy Spirit listed in the book of Galatians.  There is no greater richness than the love and provision of God.  We have a choice.  We can be like that rich man and turn our backs on God or we can trust the love of God and put Him first in all we do.  He has promised unfailing love and provision.  He has promised eternal life with Him.  He has promised a full and abundant life on this earth when we follow His instructions.  I can attest to all this.  Riches on this earth from this earth can be lost in a  second.  God in us can never be lost.  What do you have to lose?  What do you choose?

May 15, 2012

A Found Treasure

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:23 am
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Psalms 119:162 I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

If any of us were to walk down the road and find a couple of twenty-dollar bills we would pick them up and tell most all our friends of our find. If you are reading this you have probably found something worth more than all the money in the world. You have found your relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. This “find” is beyond value. Our question is are we as excited as we would be if we found those twenty dollar bills? Have we told our friends of our “find?” If we found several thousand dollars we would be telling everyone we meet. We have something worth far more than several thousand dollars. We have something that will take us into and through all eternity in the very real Presence of the God of all creation. Are we talking about it? There is more than enough to share. Sharing won’t take any of our eternity away from us but it will bring more people with us and it will please the God Whose Presence we will be in forever. Let’s just not think about this. Let’s do this. Pass on God’s plan for eternity in His Presence. It’s available to all who will say yes to His Son, Jesus Christ.

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