Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year... Biblical Perspective

Is it appropriate for a Christian to make a “New Year’s Resolution”? Yes, but…

It is good to set goals and develop discipline. However there are certain Biblical principles which should guide our resolution-setting. First, we need to heed Jesus’ words as recorded in Matthew 5:37, “Let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil.” Do not make a goal or a resolution that you are not prepared to keep. Resolutions take effort, planning, discipline, and a daily reliance on the Holy Spirit. Second, we need to realize that a resolution is obviously something important to us so we need to make of importance what is important to the Lord as Ephesians 5:8-10 informs us, “Walk as children of the Light… trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.” So making a resolution to buy a boat is short-sighted (not that buying a boat is sin). Make a resolution to spend more quality time with your family- perhaps a boat purchase contributes to that resolution. Third, keep God’s glory as your aim. It sounds cliché but I am resolved to be a better steward of my body (i.e. diet and exercise). Lord willing a result will be dropping pounds and having more energy during the day. The main goal though is to honor the Lord through this body He’s given me as 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” These factors should help you make (and keep) realistic and Christ-magnifying resolutions for the New Year. There is nothing magical about a change in the calendar but there is power in trusting God with your whole life and committing to honor Him above all.

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