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How to Leverage Your Life for God’s Glory and Other’s Joy

March 27, 2017

1Over the last month our church has been going through a series entitled “Growing Generous.” One of the passages we studied was 2 Corinthians 9 where Paul tells the church at Corinth that he wants them to be ready and willing to give an offering for the churches in Macedonia. We also studied the passage of the shrewd manager in Luke 16, where Jesus tells his disciples that we should be people who mastermind a life generosity plan for His glory and others eternal joy. As we studied these passages, I made mention that one way you can be ready and willing to give and mastermind a generosity lifestyle is by taking inventory of your life. If we are going to be a people who leverage all we have been entrusted with for the glory of God, then we need to know what we have and how we are currently using it so that we can make the needed adjustments. Thus, taking an inventory of our lives becomes a very helpful thing to do.

Below is a sample template that can be used to do just that. I have filled in some of the areas to give you an idea of how it works. For example, you ask the questions, “What do I spend my time doing? With whom do I spend that time? Why do I use my time in that way? How much time weekly do I spend doing that?”

The key is to be as thorough as possible. Once you have used this template to take inventory, then you can assess what changes need to be made in your life in order to better leverage all you have for the kingdom of God.

Being ready and willing to give of your life means that you know exactly what you are giving up, and are willing to do that very thing. Jesus tells us to consider the cost of following Him. Taking inventory of your life is one way you do that very thing.

Life Inventory Template

What                       Who                           Why                         How Much wkly

Time: work Co-workers Earn a living 40-50 hours
crossfit Kris, others I like it/stay in shape 8 hours

 

Coaching Jack, Sam, others My kids enjoy it 7-8 hours
Discipleship Mike/Tyler/Kolby Great Commission 3 hours
       
Finances: Offering
  Gas
  Bills
  Groceries
Other Resources: Home Kris, Jack, Sam, Soph, Zheng, LG Brings peace/missional 12 hours
  Car
  Boat
  Mower
  Kitchen

This is just an example, a sampling. Yours will look a little different. Feel free to tweak this template to fit your life. The main thing is to be honest and thorough. After you fill in the inventory, lay it before the Lord in prayer and ask Him what you need to stop doing, and where He wants you to be more generous with your time, finances, and resources.

Once you take inventory of your life, and determine the areas the Lord wants you to adjust so that you can leverage your life for eternity’s sake, you will have to say “no” to some other things. If the Lord wants you to give more, that may mean you eat at restaurants less. If the Lord wants you to spend more time discipling your family, then that may mean you spend less time on personal recreational activities. But I assure you that there is greater joy and freedom in doing what God has called you to than in chasing your own dreams.

So what are you waiting on? Start taking inventory today and leverage all you have for the greatest and only eternal cause in the world.

 

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