As the first month of the year draws to a close, it’s worth making that all needful assessment of how faithful you have been in your walk with the Lord. How much life would you say you have given to those around you – your husband, your children, your colleagues, your friends, your fellow brethren, your neighbours, the lost, your church or your community?

If we are sincere to ourselves and the God who has called us, we will admit that there were instances where we could have made a difference but either chose not to or we just could not afford the sacrifice due to the ever-increasing commitments that we have. But check it out…

Are those commitments focused on your personal needs – your home, your work, your business and your social aspirations? Or were they related to listening to others unburden their pain, interceeding for the victory and deliverance of a friend or foe, meeting a neighbour at the point of their need or guiding others in the truth contained in God’s word?

Can we honestly say we got the balance right? Where you out there serving the community and church while your family suffered? Or where you so focused on your family and personal needs that you didn’t make time for the needy or poor in spirit? Where did your priorities lie in January 2009?

It is wise for us to take stock regularly and be assured that God is well pleased with us. The Bible says that God knows our works and He sees the affairs of men. So whilst you may not be asked to give account of your work today, there is a book of remembrance where all good works will be stored and eventually rewarded in an appointed time.

Our Lord Jesus commanded his disciples (you and I) in Mathew 28 :18-20:

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All power in heaven and on earth is given to me. So go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the father and the son and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything that I have taught you and I will be with you always , even until the end of this age.

So I ask, were you a disciple in January 2009? Ponder on this and be ever determined to make a remarkable difference in February 2009. I love you with the love of God and I am praying for you.

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