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?

Daily Devotional – 4/8/12 “New dress, same old attitude!”

It’s amazing the amount of money folk spend for Easter Sunday. You’d rather miss paying MLGW so that you and the kids can go to church looking colorful than a basket of Easter eggs, when you haven’t been to church in months. Baby, God isn’t concerned about the suit, dress, shoes and new haircut/hairdo, but he’s concerned about your attitude, character and your heart. Yea, you may have on new clothes but you’re still sporting that same old attitude. When are you going to change that instead of the color of your nails? When will you change the way you talk to and treat folk? While you’re changing the style of your wig, you need to be changing the way you lie. Please don’t think God is fooled because you got dressed all up with your makeup looking good because you do that for the club too, right? At some point you’ve got to change that hard exterior and that foul mouth if you plan on passing through Heaven’s gates. Yea, I know, I know; God knows your heart, but haven’t you heard that from the heart the mouth speaks? 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.” If you talk like that then your heart is like that so, yes, God knows your heart. Please don’t get me wrong, I’m excited about Easter Sunday but that’s because we are celebrating that Jesus didn’t stay dead but he rose so that we would have repentance and forgiveness and not to dress up and hide Easter eggs.

Your attitude makes you and it precedes you. Don’t believe me? All you have to do is be the troublemaker on your team at work and see how many folks would choose you when it’s time to change groups. If you always have your mouth on folks, that doesn’t change just because you got a dress on to your knees today instead of the mini skirt you had on last night. Just because you put your heels on and got the kids dressed in perfect Sunday wear with their Easter baskets, it doesn’t change the fact that you never forgive or forget. If your heart is cold, hard and mean; your clothes won’t change that. You’ve got to make the change from the inside so that God can know your heart. How can he dwell in you if you have steel walls around your heart? Change your attitude for the good and see what God has for you. Stop being a CME (Christmas, Mother’s Day & Easter) Christian but be one every day of your life so that you can receive the blessings that God has for you. You are better than the old attitude, filthy mouth and cold hearted person that you’ve become so when you throw out the old clothes, through the mess out with it.

Happy Easter to you and yours!