First off, ponder this past year. Have our actions, words, choices, been repeat-worthy? Has all that we accomplished propelled us closer to Christ? I pray so…
As this New Year begins, we find ourselves looking forward – making plans and resolutions. The start of the year is a good time to let go of the old and bring in the new, drop past regrets and pick up new purposes. It’s the starting of something fresh – a new way of life. We all have things on our “New Year’s lists” that we’d like to take action on… Here are a few examples:
- Losing weight
- Saving money
- Speaking graciously
- Exercising regularly
- Becoming organized
- Learning something new
- Helping others
- Enjoying life more
And the list goes on. We start out all excited, thinking, “This is going to be a new life!” However, how long does it last? Statistics show that New Year’s resolutions are kept at a rate of 75% past the first week. Sure, but consider this: at six months the rate is down to 46%!
The natural human response to past failures is often give-ups, or half-hearted tries. We become discouraged because it seems that no matter how hard we try, no matter what we do, it always ends in miserable failure.
So what’s the point? Why even try? Shouldn’t we just give up? Is change-for-the-better [resolutions] something to just throw to the wind since, after all, they just don’t seem to stay off the ground?
Quite frankly, we have to come to the place where we realize that we simply cannot do it. All the New Year’s resolutions–from the easiest to the hardest–are utterly impossible for us to accomplish in our own strength. And by the way, the problem does not reside in the resolutions [in other words, don't stop making resolutions]. The solution [as always] is found in…
The One who was, and is, and will forever be. The One from whom flows all power, all strength, all grace. The One who grants life, light, love. The One who sealed in blood our salvation. The One whose heart throbs with greatest desire that you and I be over-comers.
Yes, Jesus is the One who can equip and strengthen you to faithfully live all those New Year’s resolutions. The power comes from Him.
“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.” (Philippians 2:13)
Ah! So, the fulfilling of our resolutions, even the desires, are a work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. And as we give thanks for what God’s done, and for what He will do, that’s when the Spirit’s power can be unleashed in our lives. It’s the training of our spiritual eyes – off of the look-on-self to the gaze and beholding of Grace embodied – to see our Deliverer.
May 2012 be a year of fulfilling heaven’s potential in your life – all worthy resolutions set in motion and lived out in your life by your Creator.