Every year towards the end of December most people in America begin making a list of resolutions for the upcoming year.
What are your New Year’s resolutions? What is a resolution? A resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something.
In doing research for this article, I found a quote from Jonathan Edwards where he stated two resolutions:
- Resolution One: I will live for God.
- Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.
It is OK to have the usual resolutions such as losing weight, working out more, giving more, having more patience, having more tolerance, and etc. but doing all of that without putting God first in everything is like walking around with a bag full of holes. All of your “resolutions” are falling through the holes and at the end of the year once again you are making the same resolutions.
RESOLVE that if no one else chooses to live for God, I will.
When people realize it is the living God you are presenting and not some idol that makes them feel good, they are going to turn on you, even people in your own family. There is a great irony here: proclaiming so much love, experiencing so much hate! But don’t quit. Don’t cave in. It is all well worth it in the end. It is not success you are after in such times but survival. Be survivors! Before you’ve run out of options, the Son of Man will have arrived.
RESOLVE that I will not be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
RESOLVE that my light will shine for the whole world to see.
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.
RESOLVE that my light will not be hidden.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
RESOLVE to be who God has called me to be!
It is all because of Jesus Christ that we live. Don’t focus on what you don’t have or what you can’t do. Focus on Jesus Christ. Without Him we cannot do anything. It is because of Him that we live.
The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’