With the advent of another new year there comes more promises, vows and resolutions for a better life. We are never perfect in our lives, but as we grow older and hopefully wiser, we try and make changes in our lives that will make us closer to perfect than the year before. However, history speaks boldly that it’s but a few weeks or months at most, until every promise and resolution is broken. Suddenly we revert back to our bad habits as a dog does to his own vomit.
We all should resolve to improve our life on any day of the year when we are convinced that we are doing wrong. There is no merit in waiting until a “New Year” to repent of sinful conduct or to correct evil or dangerous habits in our lives. (2 Cor 6:2) More importantly than making “resolutions” is the determination to keep the good ones throughout the year and for the rest of our life. If a pledge is worth making, it is surely worth keeping.
Faithful Christians claim to be a Bible reading, Bible believing, and Bible obedient people. We like to stress the point that “We speak where the Bible speaks, and are silent where the Bible is silent.” However, the problem is that we do not study the Book of God and really do not know whether we are following the above claim or not. Here is one area that a strong resolution would be very important. Do not wait for some special occasion to make this resolution, because time is of the essence. It is high time that we awake out of sleep and begin to know what God has spoken to us through His Word.
Praying is a blessing that most of us do not really appreciate and use as we should. Just think of the might and power at our disposal through scriptural prayer! Each of us must watch and pray, and work and pray. Think of the results to individuals and congregations of the Lord’s people if we pray regularly and fervently for those good blessings that would help us accomplish His will while we live on this earth. We simply do not pray enough. We do not pray scripturally much of the time. We do not know how to pray as we ought. Imagine the great changes that would come about in our own lives if we would pray “without ceasing” in such a way that the Father in heaven would hear our prayers and answer according to His own good will. I am speaking of that sincere prayer with thanksgiving unto God with the confidence that He will hear and answer according to His will. A righteous life and a diligent study of His word are necessary for the Father to answer prayers (I Pet. 3:7-12 f; Prov. 28:9). Remember, The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much ! (Jam 5:16) Use it!
If we want to do good in the Lord’s name, let us all reach out to the saints of God. God’s servants are a suffering people. (2 Tim 3:12 f; 1 Pet 4:16) If God has blessed you in good health, use that health to help fellow Christians who are suffering. Surely, the time will come when you or I will be the one suffering and in need of assistance ourselves. (Gal 5:16) Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (Gal 6:2)
Above all, if you have learned of God’s Word, don’t keep it to yourselves. Spread the Good News, the Gospel of Christ and teach it with every breath you take. (2 Tim 4:2-5) I know of no resolution which has more need that the preaching of the Gospel. Don’t be ashamed of it. (Rom 1:16) Don’t hide it under a bushel. (Mt 5:14-16) Teach it, preach it, live it!
We are not on planet earth to live forever. (Heb 9:27) We are only here for a short period of time, and we must use our time wisely. Remember, God is watching us 24/7/365. Therefore, let us not wait to January of each year to make good change in our lives. Let us conform to the Word of God to do good works in His name and according to His Word.