It’s that time of year. New Year’s Resolutions.
Lose a few pounds
Spend more time with friends and family
Find a new job
There are some familiar ones out there, and most likely your list includes at least one of the above. Go ahead, if you haven’t already, take a minute and write yours out. Really, write them out!
Did you do it?
Now, take another look at your list through an eternal lens. Nothing wrong with wanting to get in shape or taking time to relax – these are good things for sure. However, our resolutions give us a perfect opportunity to reflect on where we have set our minds, and we are all in need of a reset from time to time.
1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. – Colossians 3:1-2
Do you find the eternal incorporated into your 2016 hopes? If so, wonderful! If not, consider the following…what are you believing God for this year, what are you praying He will do through and in you?
Live ALL IN for the Kingdom of God
Put my “yes” on the table – whatever God calls me to do, wherever He calls me to go
Follow Jesus, in word and deed
Live my life in a way that if God doesn’t show up, my next step wouldn’t be possible
Commit to pray Luke 10:2 daily
Be more intentional to engage those around me in gospel conversations
The first set of resolutions will most likely seem a bit less daunting for most of us, while the second set tend to be met with a good bit more hesitation. The call to obediently follow Christ is not an easy call. It takes courage and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. It takes unwavering faith in who God says He is and that He is worth it. It takes abiding in the word of God and unceasing prayer.
Our prayer this year is that we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God (1 Peter 5:6), as a church, as LifeGroups, as families, as individuals. May the eternal Glory of God be more important to us than anything else in 2016.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. – Matthew 6:9-10