The ball in Times Square is about to drop on a brand new year. There’s something about that that puts some wind in our sails to make some changes. But will we be one of the 8% to actually achieve our New Year’s resolutions (or whatever we call them)?
At the beginning of this year I just had that inner knowing from God I was supposed to be reading through the Bible. I feared failure because I had tried before and fallen horribly behind schedule. After five extra months, I did finish, but with little to show for it. The reading had become just another thing to check off my long to-do list.
Still, I can say I completed that goal. I remember spending one New Year’s Day calling all the gyms in town. My resolution never went further than that!
This post really isn’t about encouraging you to read the Bible through (although that’s a good thing). It’s not necessarily even about resolutions. But it’s really about these things:
What is God asking you to do? Take some time to ask and hear from Him. We can set goals and try to achieve them in our own power. Often we fail. Sometimes we succeed. Other times the success profits us nothing. It’s much better to do what God has asked and rely on His strength to accomplish it.
When God is the initiation of the goal, He provides the grace – the grace to accomplish the goal and to thrive in it. He did just that for me this year like in 1 Thess. 5: 23-24 (NLT):
Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.
What is God asking of you and His relationship this year? John 17:3 records Jesus as praying, “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” There is no doubt God cares about every aspect of your life. He wants you to thrive in your finances, your health, and productivity. But your budget, weight loss, and plans to be more organized will all pass away with this world. Our number one priority must be to know God.
How is the Holy Spirit leading you to know Jesus more? What can you offer to God? Even if you aren’t sensing an inner prompt or hearing an audible voice, what can you commit to God? Whatever it is, let’s offer it in faith, bringing Christ into the daily decisions that lead to a successful year.
Care to share your commitments below?