It’s that time of year again. New Year’s resolutions will abound. There is nothing wrong with these except most don’t last through the first month more less the coming twelve. It’s not because our intentions aren’t good, but as the old saying goes, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
Instead of making New Year’s resolutions why not make some faith choices that will radically change your life in the coming year? Here are three I made at the beginning of last year and they have proven to be blessed of the LORD.
First, make the LORD God the source of all things in your life.
For years I thought I had this one down pat. I’m a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ after all. Of course God was my source for all things! However, looking back I’m not so sure that was 100% true until this past year. If I will be honest I think I had my trust in people, in formulas for success, and my own strength and prowess to get me through. God being my genuine source for all things was just the “tag” line, the addendum to my gifts, talents, and abilities.
This past year my wife and I made the conscience choice that God and God alone was going to become our source for all things. This was severely tested in many ways over the last twelve months. However we experienced the favor of God like never before in our lives. Every physical, emotional and spiritual need was met. And yes, the LORD used others as channels of blessing and support, but I am convinced it was because no matter whom the blessing and support came from we looked to God alone as our provider. He never failed us and met our needs in miraculous ways.
Second, continually seek the kingdom business above your own.
One of my favorite promises comes from the lips of the LORD Jesus himself. He said to seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you. All these things being the needs of life richly supplied to us, all because we kept the kingdom business of the Lord first.
Even as Christians we tend to get the cart before the horse. We want to get our lives in order and then we will pursue the things of the Kingdom. We pursue the right mate, we pursue the right career, we pursue the right place to live, we pursue the right car to drive and the laundry list goes on and on. However, that is not the way of the kingdom of God. Jesus said if we would pursue His kingdom business, if we would continually make it a priority in our lives, He would make sure everything else was added. In other words you don’t have to pursue them they will overtake you!
Third, live according to the principles of the spiritual kingdom that we say we believe in.
This will require us to live opposite of the physical world that we live in. It will require us to think on a different level. It will require we who claim to be born-again to do things that will only work if we really believe we are citizens of another kingdom, that is far more real than the natural world in which we live.
Give and it shall be given unto you. Judge not lest you be judged. Love your enemies and pray for those who misuse and abuse you. Forgive and be forgiven. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Don’t let the sun go down on your anger. Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as you love yourself.
Let me challenge you to live these principles out in the coming new year. I promise you they will radically transform your view of God and life. They did mine.