Tomorrow is the last day of the year. This is the time when people look back at the past year, see how much (or how little ) they have accomplished and look forward to the coming year with resolutions to start this or stop that or change in some way or another, hopefully for the better. Everyone knows what I’m talking about, and I’m quite certain that everyone has done this at one point or another in your life, made New Year’s Resolutions. Even if you don’t acknowledge the fact that you have, you have, everyone does. It’s what we do, we examine ourselves, see where we fail, where we succeed, and strive to improve, sometimes for others, sometimes for ourselves, but everyone does it.
Now, as the new year approaches, I want to challenge you to think about another “new beginning.” God, as you may or may not know, is exempt from the “everyone” who examine their lives and resolve to improve. You see, God cannot improve. He is perfect! He doesn’t look back at the past year and say, “I could have done that better,” or “this could have been improved upon.” Everything that He does is done perfectly, and there is no room or need for improvement.
However, while God is perfect, we are far from it, and God, instead of making New Year’s Resolutions for Himself, offers each and every one of us the chance for a New Life. He challenges us to “New Life Resolutions,” which are found all throughout the Bible. God calls us to a high standard, a standard that requires change, sacrifice, work, but one that promises life!
2 Corinthians 5:17b states, “The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
1 Corinthians 15:22 states, “Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.”
What’s even better is that God, not only offers a New Life, but He promises to work with you to ensure you are able to maintain the “New Life Resolutions” that He has laid out for us.
Philippians 1:6 states, “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
So this weekend, and in the coming months, as you are resolving to lose weight, save money, go back to school, travel more, or whatever your New Year’s Resolution happens to be, resolve to place God, not just first in your life, but to place Him as the ONLY thing in your life. Accept the New Life that He has given you, and trust entirely in Him to change your life to allign entirely with Him!
See you all this weekend as we close out the year Saturday worshipping our Savior and ring in the new year Sunday doing the same thing!
Happy New Year!