The Best Resolution
Well we are circling back around to another new year so we all know what that means. It’s resolution time! Diet and exercise are cliché choices but everybody has their preference. Some look to spending less money while others take a decidedly spiritual path.
I believe if you make the right resolution choice, that one change can reverberate across various areas of your life and so you get many goals accomplished via one resolution. But what kind of over-reaching resolution can produce those results?
Well, just deciding to be kinder to yourself and others or deciding to make better decisions. Those come to mind quickly. However, the other day I thought of one that doesn’t readily spring up. How about just letting go? Losing control to gain control of your life. Most of us are control freaks if we were honest even if it is just over particular areas.
But as you walk with God you learn the more control you give Him, the better your life works. The Bible says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Sometimes life can be so stressful that you begin to lean on your own understanding, looking at the way the situation appears to be in the natural. Like that game Who Wants to be a Millionaire? you start calling in life lines by asking friends and family what you should do. But the real life line goes to God. He crafted you and He knows the plans He has for you so He is the best source for guidance.
There is a scripture that many are familiar with and in the King James Version it reads, “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof . . .” (2 Timothy 3:5). But I read another version that really brings it home, what I am talking about. It says, “They will appear to have a godly life, but they will not let its power change them. . .” (2 Timothy 3:5; GW).
If people asked you your New Year’s resolution, imagine the conversations that would occur if you simply said, “I resolve to let the power of God change me.”
At salvation, you are translated from darkness into the light, into the Kingdom and you become a new creature. There’s a measure of work that happens behind the scenes automatically. But so much more of our growth and relationship with God depends on decisions you make and direct actions you take. You have to participate in your restoration by letting go and letting God do His work. And by being obedient even when it hurts.
Resolving to let the power of God change you will change every area of your life and you will appreciate your decision. Plus, it makes for great conversation!
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