Its that time of year again, when millions make New Years
resolutions with many breaking them within the first week of
the New Year. Resolutions are not bad. Making goals is a
helpful way to achieve the improvements we wish to make in our lives.
They need to be realistic and possible. Here are a few suggestions to
be in 2005 that are within the reach of every Christian.
I will be more resolute in my faith. Resolutions made without
a firm determination to succeed will only lead to discouragement. For
example, how many folks resolve to loss weight but have no strategy
to help them achieve their goal? Similarly, the Christian who
resolves to improve his spiritual life must have a determined heart
of faith. In Christ there is victory (1 Cor. 15:57; 1 Jno. 5:4).
Set your mind on things above and in Christ you will
successfully press toward the goal (Phil. 3:14).
I will be more prayerful. Prayer is the Christians
lifeline. With it we petition our heavenly Father, the God of all
power, to attend to our lives (as well as the lives of others).
Through prayer we thank our loving Father for His generous love
toward us. Prayer works (Jas. 5:16). What a wonderful thing it
would be for every Christian to resolve to be more prayerful each
day; more dependent on the power and presence of God. Dont
forget to pray (1 Ths. 5:17).
I will be more studious of Gods word. Jesus said that
the truth sets us free from sin when we know it (Jno. 8:32). Are we
still people of the book or have we become a
people without the book? Gods people are destroyed for
lack of knowledge, while diligent study of Gods word
reaps immediate and eternal results (Hos. 4:6; 2 Tim. 2:15). Why not
resolve to know more of the Bible by December 31, 2005 than you do
January 1, 2005?
I will be a teacher of the gospel. Without someone preaching
the gospel, the lost will not hear it, believe it and call on the
name of the Lord to be saved (Rom. 10:13-14). But, preachers must be
sent (Rom.10:15). (And, please remember that preaching
proclaiming the good news of salvation does not only occur
behind a pulpit.) We can send ourselves and we can send others (Acts
8:4; 11:22). Gods wisdom and power is at work saving souls when
the gospel is taught (1 Cor. 1:21; 2 Tim. 2:2). Who, will say
with Isaiah, Here am I! Send me (Isa. 6:8)?
I will be more obedient to Christ. Every Christian who desires
to please the Lord in all things wants to obey Him more completely
and dutifully each day. Our commitment to obeying Christ is motivated
by our faith, hope and love (2 Cor. 5:7-9; Col. 1:23; 1 Jno. 5:4).
Half-hearted obedience must become a thing of the past as we resolve
to give our best to the Master. These are the ones
Jesus will save (Heb. 5:8-9; 10:35-39).
Feel free to add to this list. You know yourself better than anyone
else (except or course, for God). So, make a spiritual resolution for
2005. And may the Lord keep you in His blessings as you keep it.