It’s 2015, a “New Year”. A new year is a time when most people want to start fresh. A time where most people get to start over and try to be better. To resolve to be a better version of themselves, a time to grow into this new person whom they aspire to be. A time to create these resolutions, “New Year’s Resolutions” to be exact.
Resolutions that become long forgotten throughout the course of this “new” year, resolutions that evidently don’t necessarily mean anything to the person who continues to resolve them over and over, year in and year out, all the while continually failing themselves and continually wishing to do better.
There are a select few that carry out these resolutions to themselves, a select few that promise themselves to do something and in return to feel better about themselves. Do you get the jest here? It’s so much about the “us” and the “you” and “me” and “them”.
When it’s not about us, you, me, and them. It’s all about Him.
So, why don’t I make New Year’s Resolutions?
1. This life is not my own.
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Why should I resolve to myself? Why should I make these promises to myself to which I shouldn’t hold myself accountable for when I fail? In a life that is not mine, what should I do with it? If I am to make any commitments at all, shouldn’t it be the commitments of who the life that I am living belongs to? Shouldn’t they be in accordance with His will and His law?
2. If I belong to Christ, then this life is His.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Old things have passed away and all things become new. The past is old and Christ said it has passed away. The past is gone, I should no longer hold myself to who I was in the past, I should no longer consider myself to be that same person. The past is an old thing, I have become new. If I am new, then I shouldn’t have to promise myself to be better once a year, when Christ says that I can be better than I was yesterday, today.
3. In Christ, we are renewed daily.
“It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16
In the Old Testament, before Christ came, the children of the Lord were only granted to be forgiven of their sins once a year. If sins were committed and death came before the time of atonement, they were judged by their transgressions. Since Christ came and gave his life for mine, I have the opportunity to become His at any second of any given day. Being a Christian, belonging to Christ, I have the opportunity to be refreshed every morning. He is faithful to me, though I fail Him, He remains faithful.
Every morning I should wake up renewed in Christ.
I challenge you today, to make your own New
Year’s DAY’S Resolutions. Every day is new in Christ Jesus. Decide to tell someone about Christ, decide to invite someone to your church, to be more active in your prayer life, to be more faithful. Determine to be the person that Christ created you to be TODAY, don’t waste time on earthly matters.
Don’t promise to be it tomorrow when today is your new day. You have a great opportunity, to determine that the opportunity to be that new creature today and tomorrow and the next day and then for eternity is yours. Put yourself in the position to be in action daily. A daily call to arms.