Happy New Year???
As I consider the beginning of a new calendar year, it seems so obvious to contemplate new resolutions. Hey, it’s 2021 and we need to start off fresh and new, right? Especially since the Presidential election for most of us was not only disappointing, but much doubt still remains as to the integrity of the results. As followers of the Lord Jesus, whoever sits in the White House is not as important as what we do with our house. Don’t forget your body is a house, the scriptures tell us the Holy Spirit dwells within our house. Last week we spent 7 days in corporate prayer and part of our focus was asking God to help us keep our hearts right and pure with Him within our house. You might find the next statement a little overwhelming coming from your pastor, but I told someone recently, "I have never been so frustrated as I am currently. With everything that has happened, and how I can’t even stand listening to the news anymore because it is so biased." Honestly, I told my friend," I am about ready to punch someone or something!" WOW! Church, it's time for me to make a New Years Resolution! It's time for me to take a deep breath and hit the pause button on life. My one resolution is to stay focused on my calling. There are several common resolutions made in January (lose weight, etc.) but the five listed below are not normal resolutions that the world attempts. The common denominator in these resolutions is Jesus! These 5 resolutions based on what the Word of God says are worth considering. So here we go!
1. I Corinthians 2:2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
2. Philippians 3:13-14 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
3. Psalm 17:3 Though you probe my heart and examine me at night, though you test me, you will find nothing; I have resolved that my mouth will not sin.
4. Daniel 1:8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.
5. Romans 13:8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.
No matter how you start the new year off, what matters the most is staying committed to those goals which impact eternity. The first impact will be on you, and your house, but kingdom goals always end up touching the world around us. 2021 brings a new season of opportunities within our local fellowship, and it's always a joy to be part of something growing! Please join me in making our REBOOT 2021 a great success for the next season of our lives.