Daily Devotional – 3/1/12 “What makes you different?”

Is it because your skin is a different shade or color? Maybe it’s because your hair is long and mine is short? Is it because you are taller or shorter than me or it’s probably because we think, talk or sound different or because you got a little more money in the bank, a nicer car or house and a better job? Could that be the case? No, maybe it’s because I’m a sinner and you’re a Christian. Is that why you think you’re different? Well, that may be your thought but the only thing different about a sinner and a Christian is that one repents and the other hasn’t learned. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” That means you too, the one who has their nose in the air looking down at somebody who isn’t living life the way you think they should. You know, it’s crazy how Christian folk get so biblical that it makes them no earthly good and now all they find is fault in other folk. But baby, if you were so perfect you’d have Jesus beat and I honestly don’t think you can walk on water, heal sickness/blindness and feed a multitude with mere morsels. Don’t you know that no matter who you are; man or woman, black or white, sinner or not we all still bleed red blood if cut open, we all have the same intestines, the same amount of bones, 10 fingers and 10 toes, we have to put pants on one leg at a time, a sock on one at a time, etc. – in other words we are all still the same.

As a Christian, it isn’t our responsibility to beat folk over the head with God’s word but it is our responsibility to help them know it and most times they learn it by looking at us. If you carry yourself like the person God has made you then a sinner, in the world, will see God in the way you live and they’ll want to get to know your God. See, when you accept God into your life your walk, talk and attitude should be different. You shouldn’t want to go to the same places you used to go and you shouldn’t want to do the same things you used to do. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” When you accept God’s calling on your life, it changes you but it doesn’t make you different because if you stump your toe, you’ll scream just like a sinner because you’re still the same – human. Yea, I know that you’ll have a different mindset and a different way of doing things, that’s fine but don’t raise yourself up too high because it’ll hurt a lot more coming down. Don’t you know the only time you are supposed to look down on anybody is when you reach down to pick them up? God didn’t elevate you to the position you are now to become rude, unpleasant, malicious and hateful for the bible says in Philippians 2:3, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”

God called you for a specific purpose and when he placed that calling on your life, he made you strong enough to handle it. Not because he wanted you to act like you are better than others but because he wanted you, the strong to now help the weak. Don’t believe me, read Romans 15:1 which says, “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.” See, God didn’t call you because he thought you were better or different from me but he called you because of the folks that were around you. Let me break this thang down. You hang out with a group of 4 friends and you all smoke, drink and only God knows what else but these 4 look up to you. One day, God touches your life and you feel a total change has come over you. You don’t want to do the same things you used to do so you don’t drink, smoke or hangout anymore. You’ve started going to church and you have a job now and you’re on the right track. Your friends still can’t believe the change but you no longer have time for them because they aren’t on your level. Then God stops by one night while you’re sleep and he says, “Son, why are you treating your friends differently? Don’t you know that I didn’t touch you and bring you up out of that situation to turn your back on them, but I chose you because they look up to you and if anybody can get them to come to me, it would be you? Don’t be so quick to leave them behind because you have a responsibility to save those who are lost.” God doesn’t call those who are qualified for the work that shall be done on earth but he qualifies those who he calls. God used Moses to lead his people to freedom and he was a sheep herder, he used David who was still a young boy to defeat Goliath, he used Mary and Joseph who were peasants to be the mother and father to Jesus and he used Abraham who was 75 years old.

God doesn’t look at your resume and he doesn’t call your references to see if you are qualified for a position in his kingdom but he looks at your heart for 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” God doesn’t have you interview in front a panel of folks and he doesn’t make you pass a test to be elevated, but he looks within you for Jeremiah 17:10 says, “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.” You are who God made you and I am who God has made me but we are still God’s children so there is no difference. Although our outside appearance looks different, our inward heart and mind should be the same, if we work for the same Father. Stop trying to pattern your life after worldly folk but allow the world to pattern themselves after you, if you live right. Yea, you won’t be perfect and you will make mistakes so stop acting like you don’t. You will stumble sometimes and you may even fall but let me see all of you and not just the person who always seem to have it together. Let me see the trouble in your life sometime so that I can see the works that God can do. Let me see you struggle sometime so that I can see how God can make a way out of no way. Let me see you going through your storm so that I can know that God can bring you out. Show the world all of you, the good and the bad, so that they may want to know the God that you have in you.

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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