It is a new year and with it comes renewed blessing.
Our world is fading quickly, but our hope in Christ remains constant. I don’t know about you but every year in January the Master’s Men ministry commits the year to the Lord through a time of prayer. We usually retreat to a location outside the city, or fellowship at a house in town for the night.
From it comes a time of renewal and refocused energy to do the work God has called us to, which is to lead men to Christ and to disciple them to maturity in Christ.
This is imperative as we embark on a year of ministry to make sure that we are aligned with Christ in our hearts and following the path He has set for us, rather than choosing a path of our own.
It is a way of giving to the Lord the first fruits of our year.
God wants our first fruits.
God wants our first fruits, not that He needs them, rather it is a test to see if we are truly relying on Him and placing our faith in Him. It is easy to lose focus on Christ in our life, God’s provision and His unwavering love for us. Our financial stewardship is only one area where this applies. Daily we must commune with God, giving Him the best of our time, treasures and talents and in doing so He graciously gives us more than we can ever give.
This is why it is important to commit the year to the Lord.
In Proverbs it says this:
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” – Proverbs 16:3
This doesn’t mean that we tell God what we are going to do, it means we offer up our plan and commit it to the Lord asking for His blessing. If He re-routes us and sends us in another direction we know that God is working out something for our good, and our prayer of commitment to Him is just that, committing ourselves and our trust to His greater plan.
- Have you committed your year to the Lord?
- How can we commit every day to Him?
- Are you trusting Him daily for your provision?
As we walk by faith we will see that the Lord’s plan will be accomplished in our lives. We don’t have to worry about every twist and turn, we just need to trust and when in doubt, turn to a position and posture of prayer, asking the Lord again for clarity and direction.
Our dependence on the Lord is daily, and so is our hope in Him.