Believe it or not, it is here! The New Year has begun. It does not really seem possible, but then again, we find ourselves saying this each and every year. Many people across this world have made “resolutions.” Some have decided to lose weight, exercise, eat healthier, kick a bad habit, go back to school, be a better parent.. The list goes on and on. I would like to ask you to consider just a couple of spiritual resolutions.
1. Commit your life to Jesus
This may sound like a “no-brainer” But I assure you that it is not. I would invite yout o look inside yourself, and ask, “Was I truly committed to Jesus in 2011?” Did I make sincere repeated efforts throughout the year to seek out lost souls to share the gospel with? Did I spend time with God in prayer, study, and devotion? Did I talk about Jesus? These questions will help us determine whether or not we truly lived a life that was committed to Jesus in 2011.
2. Commit your energy to His church.
How much energy did you spend furthering the church of our Lord? Did you work on more than just your walk with God? Did you ask the question “How can I help the church?” and then act on the answers?
3. Commit to sin no more.
Easier said than done. What many forget is that there are two types of sin. the first kind, is the kind we are all familiar with. This is the sin of “action” when you or I do something we are not supposed to (Lie, cheat, steal, lust, hate, assault, curse…) However, the sin that I believe many fall prey to (many times unaware) is the sin of “omission” when we fail to do what we are supposed to do. James 4:17 says “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. ” I am ashamed as I think on the opportunities to share Christ that i let go without even uttering a single word in 2011. let’s commit to not be that person in 2012
4.Commit to be more pleasing to God in 2012 than you were in 2011.
For many who read this, these challenges are simply calling you to improve upon the good foundation that you already have. For others, these resolutions are asking you to change your life! Regardless of which category you fall into, will you accept this challenge? What would your world look like at the end of this year, if you committed your life to Jesus? What would your world look like at the end of this year if you committed your energy to His church? Too many today believe they can have a relationship with Jesus without having a relationship with His church. If this were true, let me ask you, why did Jesus die for His church? (1 Corinthians 6:20) If this were true, why is the church referred to as the bride of Christ, and the body? (Revelation 21:2, Ephesians 5:23 )
Regardless of your commitment to Jesus in 2011, I would like to remind you of the words we find in 1 Thessalonians 4:10 “….Excel still more”