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Sep 18

Give Your All as the Lord’s Total Release Follower!

Money talks. Sometimes it says, “Bye!” How you handle your money says a lot about you. If you examine your checkbook and your calendar book you get a picture of your true priorities, interests and ambitions.

Jesus frequently addresses the topic of the stewardship of our possessions throughout the gospels. In fact, nearly one third of the parables are about the topic of managing our money and life resources.

One day Jesus stood at the temple treasury so He could watch how people gave their offerings. When the Lord observed a widow giving all she possessed, He was deeply touched. He gathered His disciples and explained to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box.” (Mark 12:43)  Jesus’ commendation continues, “Others have given more, but this woman gave her all. This is the heart attitude I’m looking for in My Kingdom.”

Jesus sounds like a college football coach applauding a player for expending his best efforts for the team. I heard a college coach commend a star linebacker for making a goal line tackle that preserved the team’s victory. He called that athlete a “total release performer.” The Lord elevates this nameless widow to the status of a true hero because she trusted the Lord completely and gave her all. She served as God’s “total release follower.”

Do a quick inventory of how you expend your resources of time, talent and treasure. If the Lord’s team does not merit your top efforts then it is time to reprioritize. Make it your goal to elevate the cause of Christ to the top of your priority list and strive to become His “total release follower!”

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