Every year around this time people decide to make what we call “New Year’s Resolutions.” It’s the time of the year where people resolve to do whatever it is they didn’t do in the year before. Many New Year’s Resolutions are made at this time, but I wonder how many of them are actually kept? People resolve to:
- Lose weight
- Spend more time with family
- Try to be more positive
- Get better grades
- Be a better mom, wife, husband, father, brother, sister or friend
You name it, they resolve to do it. People are always trying to better themselves, but I’m thinking of New Year’s Resolutions of a different kind. Have you ever heard of a New Year’s Resolution where a person resolves to:
- Read their Bible and pray every day
- Be set apart from the world
- Crucify their flesh
- Seek and save that which is lost
- Pray for the ability through Christ and by His strength and grace to be more holy
And so on….
How many New Year’s Resolutions do you see like that? Not many.
It’s so amazing to me now how you see these mega-churches preaching humanism, how you can better yourself, how you can think more positive, and how you can be a new you. But where is Christ in all that? God did not call us to self-betterment, He called us to be crucified to this world and our flesh, and to live our lives for Him and His purposes. Galatians 6:14 says, “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” But how many people really live their lives in accordance with that Scripture?
No, for the most part, people resolve such foolish and vain things and completely overlook what really matters. We’re not to try to give our outward flesh a make-over. We are to crucify our flesh so that our spirit inside of us might live unto Christ! Paul said in Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.”
What have you resolved to do this year that will have a lasting impact for eternity? It’s beyond time to completely resolve to consecrate your life to Jesus Christ, to resolve to witness to the lost in both word and action, letting your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in Heaven (Matthew 5:16).
I am not talking about “Friendship Evangelism,” where you sit back and say absolutely nothing and just “hope” someone will notice that you are different. I’m talking about opening your mouth wide (Psalm 81:10) and letting the Lord fill it with His words and being the example that Christ would want you to be. Our goal every day of every year should be to win men unto Christ and show them their need for a Savior from sin. The Bible says in Proverbs 11:30 “…he that winneth souls is wise.”
Our whole thinking needs to be different. Rather than looking inwardly all the time, we need to look outwardly at others and focus on what our mission is here on this earth, to seek and save that which is lost. (Luke 19:10)
So, this year, rather than resolving to enhance your own life and make a better “you” on the outside, why don’t you resolve to consecrate your life to Christ, turn your focus outward and help others see their need for a Savior. Now, that’s a resolution worth making!