By Josiah Cain, North Kent Bible Church
A sweaty elbow-to-elbow workout, limited parking spaces and a waiting list to use the ellipticals – this is January at the gym. However, come back in mid-February and you will once again have your own locker, treadmill and shower as the ‘resolutioners’ have fizzled out. Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution that you did not keep? I can think of a time or two when my New Year’s diet flopped before the start of February. According to Google Dictionary, a resolution is a “firm decision to do or not to do something.” Setting a resolution is a great idea, but what does making a firm decision or a promise mean to us as Christians and how does it affect the world around us?
Jesus speaks about making promises, “’But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by earth, for it is the city of the great king. Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond this is of evil’” (Matthew 5:34-37). As Christians, our lives are our testimonies. Just as often as our words lead people to Jesus, our actions do as well. Living a consistent life of love and obedience is one of the greatest ways we can shine our light to the world around us. When we act in accordance to God’s will, we protect ourselves, the Church and God from accusations of hypocrisy and dishonesty.
This year, as we are setting our New Year’s resolutions, let’s be conscious of what we say we will do and follow-through on these commitments. Let’s make New Year’s resolutions, not New Year’s dilutions. Let’s not dilute our testimony about God through the way we live our lives. This idea of following through on our word goes beyond New Year’s resolutions; it applies to all things we do. Our lives should attempt to reflect the consistency that God has gifted us in His promises. Building a reputation that Christians are a trustworthy people who do not make false promises, but instead follow through on their words is a great testimony that we follow a God who never fails to follow through on His promises.
Will we fail occasionally? Yes – we are human and we have yet to be made perfect like our Lord and Savior Jesus has been made perfect. Rather than using failure as an excuse, may it be an indicator of our need for God in our lives. Thank you for reading and may your New Year’s resolutions move you closer to living like Jesus!