Daily Devotional – 12/20/12 “Get your stuff together!”

No man knows the day nor the hour when your eyes will close to see no more, the blood will no longer be running warm through your veins, your heart will stop beating, your organs will stop working and life will be over. This is why you need to get yourself and your stuff together. Don’t you know by now that death has no age or whether you are a woman or man? Don’t you know by now that you need to have life insurance no matter what age you are or that you need to have a plan in place for your children in case something happens to you? Please do not leave this world in debt only to leave your family in more debt trying to pay for your funeral cost. Don’t leave your children wondering where they will be or who will take care of them. Don’t leave this world with your work undone. It’s your responsibility, as an adult (young or old), to have your affairs in order. Believe me when I say, death is hard on the folks left behind and the last thing they need is trying to get money together to bury you or having family fighting over the few belongings you left behind. And please don’t think you are wishing death over your life just because you’re getting it done now. Put a will together, get life insurance, make preparations and be vocal about the things you want. If you know that you don’t want to be on a machine, tell your folks. If you want to be an organ donor, tell somebody. If you want to be buried in blue instead of black, make it known. Many times we leave this world heading to a place of rest only to leave chaos behind and that shouldn’t be the case. Get your stuff together. Matthew 24:44 says, “Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Prepare now because you won’t be able to do it if you don’t wake up tomorrow. Making plans don’t mean you’re ready to die but you should be expecting it to happen one day because we all will have too. Just like you make plans weeks in advance to hang out with your friends, make plans in advance for when the end comes. Don’t leave your family here in turmoil when it could have all been avoided if you’d taken the time to leave plans, your plans in place. Get yourself together and then get your stuff together because the next moment isn’t a guarantee of living!

“You do not need anyone to write to tell you when and at what kind of times these things will happen. You know for sure that the day the Lord comes back to earth will be as a robber coming in the night. When they say, “Everything is fine and safe,” then all at once they will be destroyed. It will be like pain that comes on a woman when a child is born. They will not be able to get away from it. But you are not in darkness, Christian brothers. That day will not surprise you as a robber would. For you are children of the light and of the day. We are not of darkness or of night. Keep awake! Do not sleep like others. Watch and keep your minds awake to what is happening. People sleep at night. Those who get drunk do it at night. Because we are men of the day, let us keep our minds awake. Let us cover our chests with faith and love. Let us cover our heads with the hope of being saved. God planned to save us from the punishment of sin through our Lord Jesus Christ. He did not plan for us to suffer from His anger. He died for us so that, dead or alive, we will be with Him. So comfort each other and make each other strong as you are already doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 (NLV)

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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