Daily Devotional – 12/12/12 “Just give me the crumbs!”

Sounds crazy huh? But let me explain. In the bible starting in Luke 16:19; it speaks of Lazarus and the rich man. Now, Lazarus was a man, whose body was covered in sores and who used to lie at the gate of this rich man begging for the crumbs that fell from his table yet every day he ignored him. The time eventually came that Lazarus died but in his dying he was carried, by the angels, to the side of Abraham and the rich man also died and he was buried but in his dying he was destined for hell. For those that missed it let me break it down for you … In Larazus’ dying, you know the beggar who was covered in sores, he was carried by angels to Abraham’s side in glory but the rich man, you know the one that had it all, well in his dying he was buried in dirt and ended down in hell. Why? I’ll let the word tell you because in Luke 16:25 (After the rich man asked Abraham to allow Lazarus to dip his finger in water to cool his pain) Abraham responded, “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, while you are so busy, down here, trying to build up your riches; you should be satisfied with the crumbs from God’s table because after it’s all said and done, those riches won’t save you. While you’re being stingy and won’t help nobody because you want to keep your paper stacked, you should be satisfied with the crumbs from your earnings because that means you’re helping folk. While you’re being selfish with the blessings that God has blessed you with, you should be satisfied with the crumbs that are left after you helped all you can. It’s like you’ve cooked dinner for your large family and by the time you get ready to eat there isn’t hardly anything left but instead of getting mad and angry, you look around at the joy of your family that has you surrounded in their love and then you realize those mere crumbs ended up being just enough for you. Am I saying that you shouldn’t want more or work to have more? No, but what I am saying is help somebody sometime. You don’t have to keep your whole sandwich to yourself when you know your coworker is hungry, share. You don’t have to ride to work alone when you know your friend needs a ride, offer. You don’t have to spend your last dime on getting another pair of shoes, you probably can do without anyway, help somebody. When you’re praying for God to enlarge your territory, ask God to give you the crumbs from his table because whether you know it or not, God’s table is huge and by the time you get through receiving the crumbs He has to share, you won’t have room to receive them all. Being rich doesn’t make you better than the next person but your heart does. You don’t have to give your all to show God that you’re worthy but sometimes all someone needs is the crumbs that you have to offer because although the crumbs may not be much to you, they are a whole lot more to someone who doesn’t have.

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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