What's Your New Year's Resolution
As we start the beginning of a new year, we find many people who will make New Year’s Resolutions. Some will resolve to make better health decisions, better financial decisions, or to be a better person in general. Really, when we resolve to do something, we are basically saying we are going to change our habits. Therefore, I want to suggest six things that should be apart of our daily lives. If they are not, then we should resolve to make these things apart of our daily activity. Let us brake down the word “habits” and see what we should be doing every day as Christians.
Have time to pray. How often do we stop to pray? We are told in I Thessalonians 5:17 to pray without ceasing. That is we are to pray continuously. We can also learn from James 5:13-18, that we are to pray at all times. Not just when it is convenient for us, Rather, we are to pray always.
Act as an encourager. As Christians we sometimes fall guilty of not encouraging one another. It is easy for us to encourage one another when we see someone doing something good. On the other hand, how do we react to people we see that have slipped up. Do we encourage them in the same way? We should remember that we all have slipped up at some point (Rom. 3:23). Therefore, we should work even harder to encourage someone when we see that they have fallen short of the glory of God.
Be with other Christians. As Christians, we have to be careful who we chose to associate ourselves with. II Corinthians 6:14 says, “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness.” It is also important for us to realize that this is not saying we cannot have friends who are not members of the Church. How can we teach those about Christ if we do not spend some time with them? The point, however, is that if we do not spend any time with those who are of the household of God, we can quickly and easily see ourselves being pulled away from the truth.
Interested in doing good. How easy it is for us to want to wish bad things on others. Maybe it is someone who has treated us unfairly, rubbed us the wrong way, or even did something to one of our family members. Are you guilty of thinking this way? Jesus tells us in Luke 6:27-36 that we cannot have this attitude. Rather, we are to love our enemies and do good to those who hate us.
Take time to read your bible. How much time is spent reading our bibles? Life can get very busy; however, this does not take away from the importance of reading our bibles. Are we like the Berean’s who search the scriptures daily (Acts 17:11) Are you reading your bible as you should? We must read our Bibles so we have an understanding of what the scriptures say.
Shine your light. Do you live to be an example to all? How do we conduct ourselves in difficult times? Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” We have to remember to let our lights shine as bright as they can. Will you live up to that responsibility? Will you let your light shine?