It is that time of year again–everyone is making resolutions for the new year. But, for Christians, what kind of resolutions should we be making, and then trusting the Spirit of God to bring to fruition in our lives? Well, there are many that we as followers of Christ could make that would be similar to those made by the men and women of the world. For example, I lost the most weight I’ve ever lost in one concerted effort in 2005, and have a renewed appreciation for health and fitness. And those kinds of resolutions are fine. But there are certain things that the world cannot possibly understand that we should desire. To what do I refer?
When you reflect over the year 2006, will you be able to say that you increased in your knowledge of God? Do you desire to continue to grow in your knowledge of God’s revelation of Himself, through His Word, and, experientially, through the application of those truths in your life by the Spirit’s work? Apathy in such an area can be deadly, so how high on the priority list is this kind of growth? As Peter expressed it,
but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him [be] the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (2Peter 3:18)
Another worthy goal has to do with the Lordship of Christ. How extensive is your experience of Christ’s Lordship in your life? It should be our daily desire to ever more subject to His will in our lives. Through the daily experience of the application of Scriptural truth through the ministry of the Spirit we can live ever more fully under Christ’s Lordship, and experience the joy that comes from dying to self and living to Christ.
I spoke on these subjects at the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church today. Once our faithful deacon Jim Broyles places them on line, they will be here.