Right Resolutions

by APC on January 06, 2016

New Years has come and gone once again. You possibly resolved to start or stop something in 2016—or you may be a part of the ever-growing population of the folks who “resolve” not to start or stop anything, but choose to stay the same.

Resolutions are daunting because we see the year ahead, all 365 days, and wonder if we’ll even make it through half of the year, a few months, or even a week! Before we start, we’re discouraged, and we quit before we begin. The sheer number of 365 seems overwhelming. Our mind sees an enormous task: 365 new things to start or stop, or 1 thing to do for 365 days.

Resolutions don’t have to be stressful or even scary—especially when we get our resolutions from the right source.

Jesus was on the earth for approximately 33 ½ years. In His ministry years He had a lot to accomplish, many “resolutions” to complete. We can arguably say that Jesus was successful in fulfilling those “resolutions” when He walked this earth. Why?

I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do (John 17:4, KJV, emphasis added).

Jesus received His direction, in all things, from the Father. Just as Jesus sought direction for His goals and “resolutions,” we need to seek God’s direction in realizing and setting ours.

God will show us His will for our life and will outline resolutions that He knows we’ll be able to keep. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and ways higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:8–9). He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10) and knows we’ll be able to accomplish anything with Him (Matthew 19:26).

In all honesty, we all have one same resolution, which is pretty important: And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15, KJV).

This should be on our resolution’s list no matter the year. We’ve got one resolution to fulfill during the 365 days of the year—just one! We’re called to be a witness and to share the Gospel. Is that so hard to do?

God will supply a boldness to help us be His witness (Acts 4:29). This boldness will help all of us who have an issue with speaking to other people. God’s presence and work isn’t foreign to any of us because He is our personal Savior (I Timothy 4:10). Because He died for us, we have something to internalize and personalize our witness of His Gospel. This is why Paul said many times in Scripture this was “his” gospel (Romans 16:25). In case we think we’ll forget our resolution, God will always help us remember (John 14:26).

We don’t need to have a resolution we come up with, own, remember, or succeed in doing. When we realize and accept the right resolution in our life, God will help us with everything else. If God sanctions the resolution, we will succeed! What’s your resolution?