Daily Devotional – 12/16/14 “We are in this together!”

I may not be who you think I should be but I am becoming exactly who God says I’ll be. I may not look how you think I ought to look but God made me in His image and that looks pretty doggone good to me. I may not say what you would have me to say but if you keep listening you might just hear something that will get you out of that rut you’re in. I may not have on a $200 pair of shoes but baby Sweet Soles does my feet justice on any day and I walk better because I don’t have to worry about messing them up because I can afford to buy another pair. I may not have on a $100 pair of jeans but have you seen the ones I got on, they were probably from Goodwill, could you tell? I may not live in a million dollar house but I have a home that has a roof, warm water, security and my family; I’d called that being blessed! I may not carry a $300 purse but I’ve never seen the sense in carrying a purse that cost more than what I had to put in it. Do you? Baby, I’m not trying to keep up with you because you’re probably struggling too. And that’s a problem! Why are we, as Saints of God; living under the umbrella of being God’s children, trying to outdo one another? I’ve never understood that. Why can’t we be real with one another without having to worry about being judged by those who are supposed to uplift us in our time of need?

Don’t you understand that when we die, the inside of our grave will be the same? Yea, our caskets may be different colors, yours may be fancier depending how much your family spends but when you peel everything back; it’s all the same because it’s only to serve one purpose, to hold this shell of a body. When we die, our money won’t send us to the front of the judgment line any faster because we will still have to give an account for our deeds down here. God won’t care about the money we had in the bank because when we die we can’t take it with us. God won’t ask how much we had saved but He’ll want to know if we saved any souls while we were roaming down here. God won’t care about our 401K plan but He’ll ask if we invested any time in His word. God won’t care about that house we lived in but He’ll ask if we opened the doors to help anybody else. God won’t care about all the clothes we had hanging in the closet but He’ll ask how many times we helped to clothe others. This is why Romans 15:1-3 says, “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.” Jesus had the power to save himself but instead decided to save us the least we can do is help one another! Can’t you see that we are in this thang together? It’s not a competition. We got enough to battle with the enemy, why do we have to battle each other. I need you and you need me!

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