A new year has come upon us and is an appropriate time (as any time) to make some biblical “resolutions .” I suggest the following four for your consideration:
1. I will study my Bible each and every day. May we read God’s Word daily (1 Tim 4:13). May we study God’s word in order to be approved of God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightfully discerning the word of truth (2 Tim 2:15). May we learn bible verses to increase our readiness to prove, defend, and contend for the faith (Rom 1:28 ff; 1 Thess 5:21; Philip 1:15-18; Jude 3). May we delight in the law of the Lord and mediate it in day and night (Ps 1:2).
2. I will teach others about the Gospel. If a man is well seasoned in the Word of God, they will be able to teach others the gospel and doctrine of Christ (Heb 5:12 -14). It is a great blessing to know the truth and have the zeal to express it, but the “truth” may well condemn those who receive its blessings and refuse to tell others about it. May we all be as the apostle Paul who was innocent of the blood of all men because he shunned not to declare the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:26,27).
3. I will attend church services regularly. Church attendance is not only commanded, but is something that should bring happiness to us (Heb 10:25 f; Ps 122:1). The local congregation is only as strong and active as people like yourself choose to make it. There is too much “absenteeism” among the ranks of the Lord’s army! Members should feel a strong obligation to attend each first day of the week to remember the Lord’s death, to give of their means, to sing praises unto God, to study God’s word, to hear the word by means of preaching, and to worship and commune with fellow brethren.
4. I will help those in need. A few are blessed with some abundance. They may not be rich, but they do not suffer financially. Some of our brethren are in need. This was true in Jerusalem soon after the church was established. When those that “had” learned of those that “had not,” they sold their abundance that the needs of those that “had not” could be supplied. Let us purpose to be our brother’s keeper. Let us do good unto all men, and especially unto those who are of the household of faith (Gal 6:10).
Resolutions are not worth the time it takes to think about them if we do not zealously work to carry them out. Put these few resolutions in action and accomplish two wonderful goals: the helping of others and the salvation of your own soul.