Daily Devotional – 4/3/18 “Are we still rejoicing?”

Are you still celebrating the resurrection of our Savior or are you back in your sunken place because your account is overdrawn from all the stuff you purchased for Easter? Are we still in a place of being grateful for Jesus’ sacrifice or did it end after church on Sunday? I’m only asking because we should be thankful every day, not just on the day set aside to commemorate it. Look, the resurrection of Jesus is great, amazing and deserves to be celebrated but so does the suffering. We rush to get to the resurrection, to get Jesus out of the tomb but what about the suffering that happened between Thursday evening and Sunday? Because if I can be honest with you, the resurrection is great to shout folk but the Garden of Gethsemane is even greater to save folk. Sure, it’s all well and good that you know Jesus got up but do you know why He died? Yea, it’s great you preach the last 7 things Jesus said but what about why He had to suffer in the first place? I’m simply thinking that if we start from the beginning and study the true suffering of our Jesus, then we may serve Him better.

Just maybe, if we get the details, our devotion will change and maybe, if we know what He had to go through, we wouldn’t be quick to give up when we have to go through. For here in Matthew 26:38, Jesus tells the three disciples, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” The bible says He went on a little farther. Far enough for Him to feel alone but close enough for the disciples to hear and see Him. For He needed them to watch with Him. He didn’t say watch out for me but He says watch with me. With, a function word meaning to participate in. He says this to the 3; Peter, James and John. The same 3 who were there during the transfiguration. A time they saw Jesus transform from being Mary’s baby, to the fullness of God. So, wouldn’t it be only right that they now be in attendance to watch WITH Him as He transforms yet again? This time from messenger to cup-bearer and sin carrier. This is what we celebrate, every day and not just on an assigned holiday. Are you still rejoicing or is it over now that the candy and eggs are gone?

Daily Devotional – 4/21/14 “Easter is over, now what?”

Well, Resurrection Sunday (Easter) is over, all of the eggs have been found and eaten; clothes that were bought are now either in the dirty clothes hamper or on the floor of the kids room, the grass from the Easter baskets and candy paper is all over the house, pictures taken have been posted and statuses about just how much you love Jesus have all been seen but now what? Do you feel the same about Jesus today as you did yesterday? Will you even take a moment to post about God this week? Will you even darken the door of somebody’s church this Sunday? I mean, isn’t the sacrifice God made, by sending His only Son to die worthy of being celebrated every day? Isn’t the sacrifice Jesus made worthy of being mentioned more than just one day? Yes, you looked real pretty on yesterday and yes the children were even dressed real cute but did you teach them that Easter isn’t about rabbit, eggs and baskets filled with candy? I’ve read the bible and I even watched the Passion of Christ a few times and I’ve yet to see anything about a rabbit being sacrificed on a cross to bear our sins. Yea, I appreciated my Facebook timeline being filled, on yesterday, with the appreciation and the love you have for Jesus yet today it’s filled with mess. Don’t you get it? God isn’t concerned about the number of followers you have on Twitter, the friends you have on Facebook or the number of likes you get on Instagram because none of that will be counted at judgment. It won’t matter about the new outfit you wore to church on yesterday because God is looking at the heart, it matters for Luke 6:45 says “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” All I’m sharing with you on today is, don’t wait until it’s a holiday to give God the gratefulness He deserves because you might not see another one. Don’t wait until it’s convenient for you to serve God because you might not get the chance. Give God all He is due especially when He’s given you everything and most times you don’t even deserve it. Appreciate Him every day because even when you don’t He still blesses you beyond any man’s measure! Easter is over, now what?