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give My word for 2014 was follow,  and throughout the year I learned the importance of pursuing God not only in the midst of change, but also when life remains constant.

This year, my word is give.

In the last meal Jesus shared with His disciples before he was killed, He said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” (I Corinthians 11:23-24)

Christians typically interpret this verse to mean to eat bread and drink wine in remembrance of Jesus’s sacrifice.  However, Jan Hatmaker provides further insight into Jesus’ words:

“Not only was Communion a symbolic ritual, it was a new prototype of discipleship.  ‘Continuously make My sacrifice real by doing this very thing.’  Become broken and poured out for hopeless people.  Become a living offering, denying yourself for the salvation and restoration of humanity.  Obedience to Jesus’ command is more than looking backward; it’s a present and continuous replication of His sacrifice.” (Interrupted)

Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice not only in His death, but throughout His entire life filled with generosity and unconditional love.  My goal this year is to replicate His sacrifice as much as possible in my own life, through giving my time, giving my love, giving my energy, and giving all that I have, regardless of the sacrifice.  And my desire is that through my life of giving, others might be able to receive a glimpse of God’s unfailing love and amazing sacrifice.

What is your word for 2015?