Monday, December 31, 2012

Re-Soul-utions for the Christian

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God 

~ Hebrews 12:1-2




For many people, with a New Year comes New Year's resolutions.

We often make good intentions - health and fitness, organization, finances, etc. - but the one mistake that many Christians make in setting New Year's resolutions is that they often leave God out of it.

Why are we making these changes to begin with? What is the point of us even making changes in our life? 

For the Christian, the reason that we would even want to make changes in our life is to bring us closer to God and His will for our life. The purpose should be to help us become more Christ-like.

To help you, I created this list to help guide you in creating Biblically-based resolutions for the New Year.

Love The Brethren
Colossians 3:13 - Bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone ; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.

Actively Seek to Help Those in Need
Matthew 25:35-36 - 'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat ; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink ; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.'

Improve Your Physical Well-Being
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own ? For you have been bought with a price : therefore glorify God in your body.

Love Others
Mark 12:30-31 - And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, You shall love your neighbour as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.

Spend Time with God in Prayer and the Word

Colossians 3:16 - Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Hide God's Word in Your Heart
Joshua 1:8 - "This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success."

Share the Love of God with Others
Matthew 5:16 - "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Have a Grateful Heart

1 Chronicles 16:34 - O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good ; For His loving-kindness is everlasting.

Pursue Christ with Renewed Vigor
Psalm 51:12 - Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit.

Most "experts" will tell us that in order to have successful goals, they must be specific. This list is very general, but you might find them as a good starting point in creating your own list. You may want to take each of these general goals, and then add to them how you can specifically enact this goal in your life in the next year. For example, if healthy eating and better fitness is important, then add them as bullet points below your own list.

Improve Your Physical Well-Being
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own ? For you have been bought with a price : therefore glorify God in your body.
* Exercise for 30-minutes 3-times a week.
* Replace one snack each day with a piece of fruit.

I look forward to seeing how you utilize these Re-Soul-utions for the Christian!

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