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An Evening Devotional for…


July 1: True Sacrifice

Today’s Reading: Galatians 6:6-10

So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Galatians 6:9

A MOTHER WAS preparing pancakes for her two young sons, Kevin and Ryan. The boys began arguing over who would get the first pancake. The mother scolded them, and then took the opportunity to relay some moral truths to her children.

“What would Jesus do if he were here?” asked the mother. The boys shrugged their shoulders in unison. “Jesus would insist that his brother take the first pancake,” she told them. “And then he would wait for the next one.”

The boys nodded, and the mother felt confident that her lesson had taken. She turned her back and continued baking, but soon heard her oldest boy whispering to the younger one, “Ryan, you be Jesus.”

It’s a cute story, but at times it hits a little too close to home to be very funny. How often do you and I see an opportunity for good and instead of acting, wait for someone else to play the part of Jesus? Ever cast your eyes downward in a meeting hoping someone else will volunteer for the sacrificial jobs? Ever looked the other way when a brother in need walked past you? Ever passed the buck to a deacon when news of a needy family came your way? “I’m a little busy at the moment. Why don’t you be Jesus?”

I’ve been guilty more than once of leaving the tough jobs to others. I know a couple who have spent years working in inner-city missions, and we’ve spent years supporting them. Somehow it makes me feel noble and sacrificial. At least it did until we took a trip to visit them for the weekend. I saw firsthand the way they lived and ministered to some of the most needy and helpless people in our country, and suddenly I didn’t feel quite as merciful for my small contributions. Here’s a little money. Why don’t you be Jesus?

“We are each responsible for our own conduct,” writes the apostle Paul. “Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful desires will harvest the consequences of decay and death. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time” (Galatians 6:5, 8-9). It’s easy to let others be Jesus for us, but a true follower doesn’t pass on that responsibility when it comes. Jesus expects more from us than we often expect from ourselves. Sacrifice means getting involved, not just getting others to do it.

Reflection

In what ways do you allow others to do the work of Christ for you? How can you take more responsibility in service to Jesus?

Embracing Eternity: Living Each Day with a Heart Toward Heaven.

Galatians 6:6-10 (CEV)
6  Share every good thing you have with anyone who teaches you what God has said.
7  You cannot fool God, so don’t make a fool of yourself! You will harvest what you plant.
8  If you follow your selfish desires, you will harvest destruction, but if you follow the Spirit, you will harvest eternal life.
9  Don’t get tired of helping others. You will be rewarded when the time is right, if you don’t give up.
10  We should help people whenever we can, especially if they are followers of the Lord.

God Honors His Own Name


My Pastor adds his thoughts to my blog today…

Windborn Church

In our study of Matthew, in the Sermon on the Mount, we have come to what is known as the Lord’s Prayer. Even though we noted it that it’s the disciples prayer because Jesus is teaching us how to pray and that the Lord’s Prayer is recorded in John 17. Here we are taught to honor or hollow God’s holy name and we noted in Ezekiel 36 that as God provides the way of the New Covenant for us He is doing so to uphold His own name!

God is pretty good at honoring His own name (that is the understatement of the year). Let’s start with the “good” of God’s way. Isaiah 33.10 says, “”now I will arise,” says the Lord “now I will be exalted; now I will be lifted up.”” In the context of the chapter, Isaiah stresses the greatness of God’s provision. That His way is…

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Five Things to be Grateful For…


5. Grandchildren.

Whether you spoil them or play it straight, they are a joy to have around.  You can see glimpses of the prior generation and that warms the heart.

4. Grown Children

These guys can break your heart, but more often than not, they bring a fullness to your life that would otherwise be missing.

3. Health

Whatever state you find yourself in, it could be worse.  Making the best of what ever your condition may be is an exercise in meaningful relations—you make the best of whatever you have, because complaining does no good.  It only prolongs your misery.

2. A Godly spouse to share all things Holy with.

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In this area, I am the most fortunate of men, for my wife and I believe pretty much the same and we discuss it often.  We recently went through the “Five Love Languages” book and were jointly blessed by that experience.

1. A Godly Church to fellowship at, to serve and worship at and to guide your steps.

No man is an island and we need the strength of each other to carry life’s burdens. 

 I am most fortunate here, also, for any of a number of them would come any time I need them, to minister to me, etc.  and many times they have done just that.  I have done the same 

for them and this type of reciprocal fellowship cannot be bought at any price.

So, you see, today and every day, whatever state I find myself in, 

I am among the most fortunate of all men.  I know it and I thank God for it, because He knows, I did not earn it!