• Dr. Ava S. Harvey, Sr.


June 8, 2021


When we hear examples of one who is dedicated we sometimes get the wrong picture. We get the wrong picture because we have not come face to face with how we have shown our devotion to certain things as opposed to the lack of showing devotion to other things. When birthdays and anniversaries come around we are devoted to planning a hoopla unmatched by any other celebration. In the summer backyard, BBQs and cookouts are planning events where the whole family competes and compiles foods, desserts, seafood boils, and ambiance to provide a good time with family and friends. In the winter we plan Christmas gifts/get-togethers, New Years' events, and want others to plan with us to hit the Black Friday sales that are on and popping. We could be financially broke and still plan as if we weren’t.

What if we planned, even if financially broke, to devote time serving in church, in a small group ministry, helping an elder, reaching out to someone who may need a sounding board? Better yet, have we ever considered planning to celebrate God with this devotion. If we do not include Christmas Service, or Breakthrough Service, or anything planned by the church, would we be devoted to planning time with God on our own? Do we find that we put God off until Sunday or Bible Study Wednesday to connect? In 1 Peter 1:13 - Be Holy - Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. Do we find ourselves planning for the return of Christ in the same way? Are we getting ready? Are we as devoted to planning for God's return? Since we do not know the time of the day shouldn’t we always be ready? God wants to see the same if not better diligence and devotion. Church let us get ourselves and our ministry in order. Let us be devoted in our preparation of self and to God. We do want to hear Him say “welcome my good and faithful servant…”

1 Peter 1: 13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober,(A) set your hope(B) on the grace to be brought to you(C) when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. (D)

Rev. Lillian T Taylor, Chaplain

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