Resolutions, Resolutions, Resolutions…

With the new year in full swing, I wonder how many have already given up on their resolutions? Have you even begun? It would come as no surprise that many of us say we will do this or not do that but by week two or three, we’ve already given up. But, is that what ‘resolution’ means? The definition refers to one making up one’s mind to do or not to do something. Other words like intention, resolve, decision and aspiration are synonymous with the term, but the one we want to focus on is that of resolve.

‘Resolve’ points us to opportunity and a fresh start; since our main aim as Christians is to give people an opportunity to meet Christ, we can also look at the other side of the word, which refers to making amends.

Our resolutions vary from weight loss to learning new things. These are not bad in themselves. However, our goal really should be set towards that which is eternal for the bible states that we are to set your minds on the thing above, not on things on earth (Colossians 3:2).

In making a resolution, we are saying that we will begin to prioritise certain things but what we should prioritize is a relationship with Christ.

To the new believer: we urge as you walk with Jesus on this journey, begin by making Him number your One. This involves a simple decision to pray more or even setting aside time to delve into the scriptures. Don’t worry if you miss a couple of days because no one starts off running. Remember that we are saved by grace through faith not by what we do (Ephesians 2:8-9).

To the older believer, is Christ still your everything? We too need to make haste to put our lives in order. Christ needs to still be the centre of our lives. He isn’t going to accept our putting-the world-before-Him because the world’s standards are not His and He does not change with the times. We see this in the word of God in Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever.”

We are in greater danger of idolatry because we are in the “know”. We have been exposed to the truth of the Gospel and sin. However, whichever we prioritise above Christ, replaces God in our lives. Our God is a jealous God and desires that we have no other God besides Him (Exodus 34:14). So let’s take care not to lower the place of God in our lives.

The best thing one can do is to ‘resolve’ their relationship with Christ.
You may think that it’s too late to begin this resolution but the bible says; the mercies of the Lord are new every morning (Lamentation 3:22 & 23).

Unlike the world, who may criticise you for not sticking to your decision, as long as there is breath in you, there is an opportunity to make amends with God but don’t leave it too late, because now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2) and we do not know if we will see tomorrow (James 4:13 & 14).

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