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Jan 01

Resolutions for the New Year

With the new year upon us, many are thinking about resolutions.  People naturally equate the new year with a kind of new “beginning”.  Unfortunately, even with the good intentions of most, I have read that 92% of resolutions are abandoned.  Someone said, “A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one ‘year’ and out the other”. The truth is, old habits are hard to break.

To the Christian, the new year is a reminder that life on this earth is only temporal, and quickly passing.  Each year – each day – brings us one moment closer to the return of our Lord.  And, though it has been nearly 2000 years since the promise of His return, we Christians know that what many unbelievers consider to be evidence of a false promise is really a demonstration of His love and mercy (2 Peter 3:8-12).

While most are thinking about diet, exercise and other life changes, let us focus on the kind of resolutions that will help us prepare for His return (2 Cor 5:10).  Our objective should be to stand before our Lord in peace, without spot, and blameless (2 Peter 3:14). And, though it is the blood of Jesus which enables us to stand pure before Him (Eph 5:25-27), we are cautioned that our personal conduct is a real factor in determining our eternal destiny (Rev 20:12).

  • Read the Bible Daily – James 1:21; 1 Peter 2:2;
  • Pray Every Day – 1 Jn 1:9; Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Thess 5:17
  • Attend All the Services of the Church – Heb 10:24-25; Heb 3:12-13
  • Grow in the Grace and Knowledge of Christ – 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Peter 1:2-11;
  • Display Holy Conduct and Godliness – 2 Peter 3:10-11; 1 {Peter 2:12)

When Jesus returns, and we all stand before Him in judgment, he will say one of two things to us:

  • “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matt 25:34), Or…
  • “Depart from me ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matt 25:41).

Most new year’s resolutions involve matters of good health and prosperity.  But, the basic principles in these suggested Christian resolutions lead us to good spiritual health and spiritual prosperity… and will go a long way in preparing us for His return.

Resource:  Mark A. Copeland

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