Daily Devotional – 8/8/17 “What are you contributing?”

What are you contributing to your relationships, worship place, career, health, family, etc.? What part are you playing? I, seriously, need you to think about this for a moment because many times we blame others for things not working but what are you doing? Please understand me … I am in no way criticizing, judging neither am I trying to condemn; I am simply asking a question. See, when a relationship fails, if you know what you’ve contributed (good and bad), you can walk away with your head held high because you did your best. When things don’t work out and you have to sever ties with your place of worship, knowing you contributed all you could, allows you leave with your hands and heart clean. When you leave a job, after giving it your best, you don’t worry about the reference. Yes, I know that sometimes you can give the best of you and still be left hurt, torn and battered but God rewards those who seek to do good. This is why the bible says in Galatians 6:7-10, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

Beloved, this question may not seem like much but it is heavy. If you were standing before the bank president who has the final decision on whether your loan can be approved and he/she asked, “What are you contributing,” how would you answer? If you were standing before God and He asked, “What have been your contributions,” what would you say? You have to be able to answer this question because then it shows you know you and how beneficial you are. Yes, we are all parts of the body of Christ and we have a responsibility to contribute. However, it does you no good if you don’t know what your part is. When you know, it is then you can understand the value of your worth. Now, don’t write down all of your responsibilities and then go demanding you be paid more or start throwing your weight around, this isn’t what I mean. Yes, you may contribute a lot but that doesn’t mean you cannot be replaced. Act decently and in order. Look, all I want you to get out of this is … know what your contribution is. That is it. It just makes better sense when you know.

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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