Daily Devotional – 6/12/17 “Crumb blessing!”

“Now there was a rich man dressed in purple and fine linen, who lived each day in joyous splendor. And a beggar named Lazarus lay at his gate, covered with sores and longing to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.”

Sometimes the blessing isn’t in the ‘lot’ that you give but it is in the crumbs. In the parable above, Lazarus (the beggar) did not ask for a meal, he only wanted the little that fell from the rich man’s table. The beggar did not ask for a chicken leg, he said I’ll take the crumbs. He didn’t ask for a cake of bread, he said the crumbs will do. Yet many times we miss the blessing in the crumbs. Our mind has been tricked to believe we need it all when the crumbs will do. Our eyes gravitate to the abundance when the crumbs will satisfy. Beloved, there is a blessing, even in the crumbs. In this parable, the rich man wouldn’t have even missed the crumbs. In fact, it would not have even hurt him to give Lazarus a meal but he didn’t. Instead, he walked past him, every time he moved by way of the gate. And because of this, when the rich man died, he went to hell and when he got there, he cried out, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue. For I am in agony in this fire (Luke 16:24).” The rich man now needed Lazarus, the beggar.

What’s my point? A few things actually.

Number one, sometimes the blessing isn’t in your sowing of abundance because God will bless your crumbs. The beggar could have been the very thing used to save the rich man from being sent to hell. What small seed are you holding that God has asked of you to sow?

Number two, you never know who you will need. The rich man thought the beggar needed him when in actuality, it was the rich man who needed the beggar. The very person you are overlooking, in this season, could be the one person you need to bring you through it.

Number three, don’t miss the blessing by walking by it. The rich man missed it because his focus was on the appearance of the beggar. All he saw was a man covered in sores who was begging. When, in actuality, what he missed was a man covered in sores who was blessing. Don’t miss your blessing simply because it doesn’t look like what you were expecting.

Daily Devotional – 12/14/15 “What are you doing with the crumbs?”

In Luke 16, Jesus is talking in parables again about the wealth of people. In Luke 16:19; Jesus tells the story of a rich man and a beggar by the name of Lazarus. The rich man had all he could ever need, for he stored up his riches on earth. As for Lazarus, he laid by the rich’s man gate day in and day out, not begging for much; he simply asked will you give me the scraps or crumbs. Yet the rich man refused. Then one day they both died. In Lazarus’ dying, he was carried to be by Abraham’s side and in the rich man’s dying, his soul went to hell. The rich man looks up and sees Lazarus, the beggar, standing beside Abraham and he calls out saying, “Father Abraham, have some pity! Send Lazarus over here to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue. I am in anguish in these flames, (Luke 16:24); now he found himself in need of the beggar. Oh but Abraham responds saying, in Luke 16:25, “Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.”

See, the rich man didn’t think about anything other than his living on earth while missing out on his blessing of helping those in need. He didn’t take into consideration that he wouldn’t miss the crumbs, had he gave them to Lazarus, but it was the fact of him not helping regardless of who it was. The bible says in Luke 16:9 “Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home.” Baby, your address down here won’t mean nothing in Heaven. Your bank account balance, down here, won’t mean a thing when you give an account at judgment. Your fancy wardrobe and shoe collection doesn’t amount to anything, if you’ve never helped anyone. Listen, there’s nothing wrong with building up, down here, the problem comes when you become selfish. What would it have hurt the rich man to feed Lazarus? Even more, why couldn’t he get him up from the gate and give him a job so that he could continually feed himself? All I’m saying is, while you are so busy eating at the table of riches; what are you doing with the crumbs? Are you helping anybody? Are you bringing others up now that you’ve come up? Are you reaching back? What are you doing with the crumbs from your table? For Jesus says in Luke 16:10, “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.”