Face it, we’ve all found ourselves evaluating our lives at the end of each year, wondering what we could have done to make our lives better and figuring new ways to improve ourselves.
With the passing of each year comes the passing of old ways. Many make resolutions in an effort to succeed in the coming months. There are those who plan to lose weight, those that are dead-set on starting that new workout plan, and those that vow to make little improvements on their daily life.
The Christian life is one that is similar to the coming of a new year. In the years of our lives, we face a new year when we accept Jesus as our personal Savior. The old is passing away to the new, and our resolution is simple…to become like Christ!
“28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”
— Romans 8:28-30 (NIV)
This statement to the Romans by Paul tells us as Christians that we all have the same “New Year’s” resolution. God calls us His children; he has known each of us since we were in our mother’s womb. David tells us in Psalm 134 who was foreknown –
“13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
— Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV)
So we know that God has made the resolution for us, and Paul tells us what that is letting us know that we are to be conformed to the likeness of Jesus, and we are called, justified, and glorified according to his will. So this year make the resolution to be what God has called you to be….put away the old, and let the new come in.
“17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
— 1 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)