Daily Devotional – 12/2/14 “Indecisive Saints!”

I wonder why we, as folk, find it so easy to sign a 2 year phone commitment with a cell phone company but we won’t commit to God. Yet we renew this contract with them year after year, when we upgrade our phone but we’ve yet to upgrade our worship. Isn’t it something how we are quick to sign that loan for a new car committing to paying once a month for the next 3 to 5 years on a loan yet we can’t even dedicate 4 Sunday mornings, 1 to 2 possible Sunday evenings and 4 Mondays (or whenever your bible study is) out of a month to serving God. We commit to the job but not to the one who gave us the talent. We commit to the man but not to the one who made the man. When will we stop being indecisive Saints? You know those whose faith wave like a flag in the morning wind. God doesn’t need those He has to wait until you get up in the morning to see whose side you’re on because He needs workers who are willing and able at all times. Aren’t you looking at the news? God needs folk who don’t mind going out into the streets to pray because our world is in trouble y’all.

Oh, you don’t know if you’re decisive or not? Well, let me tell you. If your faith is dependent on your mood, you are an indecisive Saint. If you attend worship by the weather, you are an indecisive Saint. If you’re devoted when it’s convenient, you are an indecisive Saint. If you praise based on who is looking, you are an indecisive Saint. If you go to worship for the mess, you are an indecisive Saint. And if you are the one keeping up the mess, you are an indecisive Saint. Baby you need to decide today whose side you’re on. What if you died at this very moment? Would you die in sin? Then what sense would it make to live in hell and then die and go to hell? Please understand, you do have a choice for the bible says in Joshua 24:15, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” You have a choice but you need to choose. Stop being indecisive! If you choose God, choose Him with your whole heart and be committed!

Daily Devotional – 11/26/14 – It’s not about black Friday!

Everybody is gearing up for Thanksgiving on tomorrow. The sad part about it is, it’s not even about the holiday anymore because black Friday has now made its way over into Thanksgiving Thursday and we are ok with that. We don’t spend time having dinner like we used too, giving thanks for all the things we are truly thankful for because we are too busy making list of things to go get. We’d rather sacrifice family time for an $8 deal that will be $10 next week and we’d rather stand in a long line to get pushed and shoved to get $3 off a pair of shoes rather than sit down at the dinner table to have a conversation with the children. Our world has it wrong. We get upset when we can’t get our children everything they ask for and most of the time they aren’t doing anything that we ask of them. We send them to school with high priced tennis shoes on yet all they do is walk over the teacher with their disrespectful attitude. You won’t take the time to buy groceries but you’ll go to Best Buy for a new TV. And then next month you’ll be crying again when it’s time to pay bills yet your TV will look good but no cable. Where are our priorities?

I just find it mind boggling that we will take off, use vacation time (for those of us who job don’t give us Friday off) to shop yet you’ll miss every Sunday for worship with the excuse, “I work on Sundays.” Yea, you’ll stand in the cold for a sale but let it rain or even there be a threat of rain and the church parking lot will be so empty. You’ll knock folk down to throw money away on something you probably don’t need but let the church raise an offering and there you go rolling your eyes. Yet the bible says in Matthew 6:19, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal?” I just … I wonder how much greater our lives would be if we would be as devoted to God as we are to Black Friday? I wonder how deeper our spiritual lives would be if our drive to praise would be like our drive to shop on Black Friday? I wonder! Do you? Please understand, I am not knocking Black Friday because I work part-time in retail but I wish they would leave it on Friday and stop interfering with Thanksgiving. There is nothing wrong with shopping, if you have the means to do it but I simply wish Christian folk would get back to putting God as top priority. If only we would serve God with the same passion we served some folk, imagine how much greater we’d be walking into our destiny! If only we served God with the same fire we serve some things, imagine the blessings you wouldn’t have room enough to receive! If only we could serve God the way we serve on Black Thursday/Friday … It’s not about the sales y’all, it’s about the Savior who saves.