Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:34-40

The first month of the year is the month of resolutions, most broken by the second month of the year. What are your resolutions? Maybe they are things like losing weight, getting in shape, reading a book a week, etc. How many, if any, of your resolutions deal with spiritual matters, like daily quiet time and Bible reading, discipling fellow believers, leading one lost person to Christ each month, etc.?

Perhaps you are thinking of honoring God with your generosity, but feel that your financial position lacks the ability to give much. Giving is important and a tithe is a tithe whether you make a million dollars a year or try to live on a minimum wage.

But there is more than money involved. The word “Lord” is the most common word in the Bible. Will it be the most common thought in your mind as you live out the coming year?

We are admonished to keep our eyes fixed on Him. Hebrews 12:2

Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. He did not give up because of the cross! On the contrary, because of the joy that was waiting for him, he thought nothing of the disgrace of dying on the cross, and he is now seated at the right side of God’s throne.

What will you give as you keep your focus on Him in this new year? Let me suggest the L.I.F.E acrostic:

  1. LABOR – God gives us a body to be used for Him. You may not be able to give a lot financially, but you can give your labor, in missions, constructions, walking your neighborhood and a lot more.
  2. INFLUENCE – God gives us power and position and I refer not to just important people. You might exert your influence on the person in the cubicle next to you at work.
  3. FINANCE – Share your financial resources. Got gives some much, some little but all enough to give.
  4. EXPERTISE – Each of can do something well…. very well. What is your gift….. administrative, music, second language, etc.?

Take your life’s talent, resources…… and give it all to Christ this coming year. I’m not a poker player, but I understand that when a player builds of a big war chest and feels he has a good hand, he pushes his entire resources and shoves them to the center of the table and says “I’m all in.

How about you? Are you ready and willing to push all you have into the center of your life and say to God: “I’m all in?”

By John Grant
Used by Permission
John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney

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