Thursday, January 2, 2014

Resolutions


I am ashamed to admit that I have continuously been part of the group of people who make New Year's Resolutions and never see them through to the end of the year. I haven't failed every year, but only because some years I didn't make a resolution! But for the years when I did, they included losing weight, reading my Bible daily, reading the Bible through in a year, reading a classic novel every month and so on.

There were tangible goals set and in some instances even specific numerical goals, but alas, after a day, a week, a month, the site of the goal was lost and therefore the goal itself.

I hadn't actually given much thought to my resolutions for this year until Sunday.  My husband was given the opportunity to preach at our church and his sermon was about resolutions. At the beginning he shared a couple of videos that you can search for on the website Sermon Spice. The first is "New Year's Resolutions- Deep Thoughts from a Shallow Christian"  This video begins innocently listing resolutions that many of us have probably made before: "Getting closer to God, growing in your faith, and using your spiritual gifts." I'm thinking yes, those sound good... then the video sarcastically says that these are important because they are vague and that even if you don't work hard at them no one will notice and you can still look like a great Christian.  It says the trick is to not make resolutions someone can keep you accountable for."  So I chuckled a little but mainly because I had never thought about it that way before and wow, it's so true. 

How many years now have I made the resolution to grow in my relationship with Christ.  It's not a bad resolution, but there is no tangible accountability that can happen there.  There is no plan for how I can accomplish that. So yes, this year I want to grow in my relationship with Christ, but the plan is to accomplish that by studying his word daily, by gathering with other believers in worship and Bible Study, by allowing those called by God to teach and lead me, by honoring God through tithing and giving offerings above and beyond the tithe he asks for, by telling others about him and showing others his love, and ultimately by focusing on him more.

Which leads to the second video my husband shared which is God's Resolutions.  It shares the statistics of failed resolutions and says that maybe this year it is best to focus on God's Resolutions. Then it lists the truths about God that you can find throughout scripture:
He is resolved to never leave you or forsake you- Hebrews 13:5-6
He is resolved to guide you and direct you- Psalm 32:8
He is resolved to give you hope and a future- Jeremiah 29:11
He is resolved to meet all your needs according to his glorious riches- Philippians 4:19
He is resolved to pick you up every time you fall- 1 John 2:1
He is resolved to finish the work he began in you- Philippians 1:6
Then the video reminds us why God's resolutions are better than our own.
God is not a man, that He should lie, nor the son of man that He should change his mind.  Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?  
Numbers 23:19 NIV
 God isn't human.  He isn't going to make a resolution and not fulfill it.  It won't fade away or be forgotten. God is who He says He is and He will do what He says He will do.  And if we resolve to seek Him more, giving Him control over our lives making him the Lord of our lives then we will want to serve him in the ways I listed above: studying his word daily, gathering with other believers in worship and Bible Study, allowing those called by God to teach and lead us, honoring God through tithes and offerings, telling others about him and loving others like he does.  We will want to demonstrate our love for him through our obedience to him.  Going to church, tithing, reading our Bibles stop being things we have to do and become things we want to do.

I doubt my husband realizes the impact his sermon and the videos had on me but I just had to share with all of you the great things I learned from him.

So where is your focus going to be in this brand New Year- 2014?  Will it be on you again or will you finally allow Christ to be your Savior and Lord?

Will you make another vague resolution or will you allow your brothers and sisters in Christ to hold you accountable? 

Accountability isn't easy to give or receive, but if honoring and glorifying God is our ultimate goal then it's worth it.

Happy New Year!

Alyson

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