Daily Devotional for Monday July 16, 2018


Ephesians 5:2 (ESV) “And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”


While letting our dog out recently, she immediately ran to the back yard and began to sniff at this tiny baby bird sitting in the grass. It was helpless. Its death was near. But suddenly the mother bird flew down and did something very strange. She began chittering and flopping in the grass, as if injured. Then I realized she was diverting our dog’s attention towards her! It was a desperate act to save her offspring. Today's verse speaks of love, and the greatest sacrifice given to us in the name of love. I was amazed that even in the animal world, personal sacrifice is found. Yes, you could say that it was instinct that caused the mother bird to step in, but I believe there's a deeper reason there. God created birds and gave them those instincts. Maybe he wants us to observe his creations more closely and learn something. How many of us are willing to sacrifice ourselves out of love? Whether it's dying to self in our marriage so our wives know love, or sharing possessions with a stranger, or overcoming our hesitations and fears in order to tell someone about our Heavenly Father's love. Christ demonstrated sacrifice and the Father’s love for us. Let’s be prepared to do the same when the time comes!


TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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