Years ago I made resolutions; the usual physically fit, eat healthy, organize my life kind. Then later, I gave up making resolutions, finding they were short lived and non-productive.
This year, however, I have been challenged to look at resolutions in a new way. A devotion by John Piper encouraged me to do so. He stated that our problem is not in making resolutions, but in the purpose of those resolutions and how those resolutions come to fruition. God tells us in His Word to be “fully persuaded, to “set our hearts”, and “to work out our salvation”. All of these are very resolute statements. So we are not to be irresolute! God wants us to have spiritual resolve, not just the beginning of the New Year but the beginning of each new day.
Resolutions are too often powered by our own determination or our own willpower. II Thessalonians 1:11-12 contains the theology on resolutions…
“To this end (the glorious return of Jesus) 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 God and Lord Jesus Christ.”
So, because, our Lord is returning one day, Paul prays that we may be worthy of our calling. We are to resolve to do good, obey God, to love more, to walk in integrity, etc. and it can only be accomplished by God’s power and grace. Again we have our part and He has His part.
Make resolutions this year that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified. In what area does God especially want you to work on intentionally? Ask Him! Only, always remember it takes His power and grace to bring us to the place of fulfillment…..