Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Putting the Resolute in Resolutions
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
Did you make any New Year resolutions? Are you managing to honor them several weeks into January?
If failure is already rearing its ugly head, you're not alone.
And failure is why I quit making resolutions many years ago. How disheartening it is when I have grandiose plans for changes and improvements in my life, only to have them crash and burn.
As I ponder why so many resolutions fall by the wayside, I have a revelation. My former desires involved me, myself and I. God was absent from the equation.
Yes, we may want to lose that weight, maintain a healthier lifestyle, keep in better touch with family and friends, but if God isn't the architect of these longings, we don't have a prayer.
Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that in Christ, we are new creations - blessed and loved and set apart - by the God who loved us all so much that He was willing to give His only Son to cleanse us from sin, and reassure us that we are heirs to the eternal life Jesus has promised.
If that knowledge doesn't make us feel new and revived in the New Year, then I don't know what can!
Maybe, friends, that's the only resolution we need.
We are loved.
We are redeemed.
We are made new.
Let us resolve, then, to let God guide and provide in all that comes our way in 2020.
It's the most resolute of resolutions.
And one that will never fail.
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