Monthly Message (Jan. 2018)

winter2018A Different New Year’s Resolution

With the New Year fast approaching we will hear many things about New Year resolutions and maybe you are thinking about making one this year. New Year resolutions always seem to focus on things such as eating better or exercising more or other things designed to make us look better. Other resolutions are incredibly vague such as be a better person and maybe the vagueness is designed to make it harder to tell if we have failed to keep our resolutions.

Have you ever wondered if making New Year resolutions is something the Bible promotes and if it does how should we go about it? While the Bible doesn’t specifically mention New Year resolutions and it definitely doesn’t promote resolutions that are for selfish motives and vain glory it does give a blueprint for how we should have proper resolutions in our life. We see this in 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12: “To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

So before you make a resolution this New Year think about this answer that John Piper gave when asked about how we should make resolutions when he said “By God’s grace, through faith in God’s power, for God’s glory.” This New Year, and anytime you make resolution, let 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 be your guide as we resolve to grow in our walk with the Lord each and every day.

Pastor Ryan

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