Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Security of THE WORLD, Craig!

Watch the throne

In 2002, the third installment of the popular Friday movie series was released. The main character, Craig, played by Ice Cube has been robbed and must get a job to pay his rent. He along with his cousin Day Day, played be Mike Epps become security guards at a shopping center.

Craig is uninterested in doing anything above sitting around and just watching the day pass. Day Day is eager for action and is ready to jump at the slightest infraction.

The part of this story that I want to draw focus on is that although they were assigned to secure just one shopping center – Day Day took their job personally. His famous line, “Top Flight Security of the world!” is a challenge and a charge. However his partner mirrors our common response. Craig rebuttals by saying “We are just Craig and Day Day.”

Many Christians apply this concept with the kingdom – they believe that as long as they take care of themselves – the rest will take care of itself.

The bible says in Matthew 28:19, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” Then in 2 Corinthians 5:20, Paul writes “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

Being a Christian is more than a badge pinned to your life, it is a push to not only live your life as an example but also encourage others to live accordingly. After you accept Jesus Christ in your life don’t rest on your decision – you must GO, SERVE, and SAVE!

Similarly, there is an album out called Watch The Throne. In one of the songs on the album, the artist says, “You are now watching the throne – don’t let me get in my zone.” In any sport, the zone is the sweet spot of your playing. When you are in the zone, you are seemingly unstoppable! We can no longer relegate our lives to just watching the game from the bench – we have to play! In the zone, lives are changed, purpose is set in motion, and miracles happen.

God has given you the uniform of authority and access to His resources. There are enough people sitting on the clock taking up time. You represent THE KINGDOM and as an ambassador you must go to work - start in your home and spread the good news of Jesus to the WORLD! 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Expiration Date

This morning I woke up to the awesome aroma of bacon, toast, and eggs. I salivated at the thought of biting into what I knew was going be a great beginning to my day. After swiftly dressing and barreling down the stairs, the vision was everything the fragrance predicted! The homemade breakfast sandwich was delicious!!

After the last bite, I walked to the kitchen and cleaned my plate. There was an open bread bag on the counter. Understanding that we don't consume bread in large quantities, I decided to take a glance at the expiration date.

It was 8 days beyond the date on the bag!!! I immediately felt sick. Ebony gave me that "get it together look" and said, "That is just the sell by date".

You see many of us put our own expiration dates on our lives. We expect things to be accomplished by a specific time or else it is over for that dream or expectation. But we serve a God who tells us that although we make our own plans it is ultimately his purpose that will prevail.

Set goals, write your vision, build a plan - but also know that your plan is just a plan unless you place it before God. Your plan and His purpose will make things happen. If you are one day or several days past your planned day of completion don't give up and don't get sick - He is going to come through. Just as food has preservatives to maintain its life you have the Holy Spirit living in you that is preserving you and maintaining your life. You cannot expire until your creator says it's time. Keep living and keep persevering!