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The Way I Figure It

January is an important month.

It’s a time for looking back because we must account for the way things were last year.  There was income and expenses and activities.  There were victories to build on, and there were experiences to learn from.  The sum total, the bottom line of an entire year of life, can be called a “reckoning”, to use an old term.  Reckoning is the way you figure things.  It’s what accountants do.

January is also a time to look forward because we have an opportunity to envision the way we would like things to be.  It’s the month of my birthday and I always have to decide how I’m going to feel about the new number.  I won’t tell you this year’s number, but it’s getting to be quite a number.  I reckon that I’ll just have to get used to it.

Because I believe in Jesus, I like to revisit the kind of reckoning that He uses to account for my life.  Romans 6:1-14 is a crucial place in Scripture from which you can figure out the Lord’s accounting method.  No matter how things were last year, or how this new year might unfold, I am confident that I can review what Jesus has accomplished and deposited into my life, and then go right on believing, trusting, and obeying Him.

Romans 6:11-12   Because of what He has done for you, “Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Therefore, do not let sin reign in your mortal body…and do not be available to be a tool for unrighteousness…”.

It’s time to do both your accounting, and your planning.  In all that you do, rely upon the work of the Lord Jesus in your life.  That’s the way I figure it.

Faithfulness and blessings to you,

Pastor Rich