New Year


Forget Your New Year’s Resolutions

Life is not going to improve because you resolve to try harder. But life can become increasing fruitful if you consistently respond to God who has already pursued you

If you are in Christ, you cannot keep your life from reaching its highest possible crescendo! This is because God has already resolved to complete his work in you!

“I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6)

“Those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified” (Romans 8:30)

“God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-7)

The intention of these passages is to assure us that God is absolutely committed to completing the ultimate purpose he had in saving us.

In Romans 8 and Ephesians 2, notice how the end result of our salvation is spoken of in the past tense. This shows us, that in God’s eyes it is a finished work – that even our failures cannot stop!

I am not saying we shouldn’t bother to put effort into being faithful.

And I am not saying it doesn’t matter if we are spiritually half-hearted.

My point is that the foundation to why we “can” be faithful and fruitful, does not start with our earnest commitment toward making life work. It comes out of God’s irrevocable commitment toward all who trust in His Son.

“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:9)

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me” (Philippians 3:12)

In these verses, we see that God is the basis – even for our responses to Him. This is not an invitation to give less effort. Rather, it is an encouragement that our efforts flow out and are held up by God’s faithfulness.

We will fail, we will face dry times, and at times we will feel utterly useless for God.

But that is only a partial reality. There is a greater reality, which is God’s resolution to never give up on those who belong to him.

Instead of a New Year’s resolution, start meeting God who has already come to you.

God has given his word to you, read it

God is here every morning, spend time with him

God’s graces are new every morning, praise him for them

Your children are God’s gift to you, let them see you are committed to him

God has established the Church to build you up and to use your gifts, commit to it

God has made us his ambassadors, be a person of the gospel

Yes, these actions require resolve from us.

But be encouraged that God makes it work. He does the heavy lifting.

Instead of a making a New Year’s Resolution soon to be abandoned. Start responding to God who is already pursuing you.


Another New Year is fast approaching.

This is when we are told we should be introspective about the year behind and expectant about the year ahead.

What did my life accomplish in the past year? And how can I better my life in 2016?

People will put their minds to setting goals and resolutions.  We see them in gyms across America during the early weeks of January – and for a few days, doughnut shop owners don’t see them.

The real question facing each of us as we look ahead to 2016 is Who will own these 366 days? (It’s Leap Year).  Will this year belong to us and our choices, or will God own it all? 

If the year belongs to God, then we have just simplified all the questions, commitments and resolutions. 

There may be many things we want to accomplish, but the heart of the matter comes down to a single and simple focus:

Will I honor God today?

My favorite Bible passage concerning the direction of our lives is found in Ecclesiastes 12:13

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all”


Living by this statement simplifies life in many ways: 

It tells us what is important

It reminds us what we should be accomplishing on each today

It shows us the values that should guide every decision 

It tells us Who to should please in every complicated situation 

When we fall and need to get back up, it reminds us which direction we should be facing.

The “success” of 2016 is completely a matter of who will rule over your days in 2016. 

If they belong to you and your kingdom, the year will be wasted, because your kingdom will not prevail. 

But if your days serve God, then you know what is accomplished will last as long as His eternal Kingdom.

Whether this year is filled with little things or big events, knowing what we do will be carried into eternity, should make the year an exciting prospect!

Have a Happy “God Rules Over All” Year!


Live out 2015 in the BEST way possible!

Instead of making New Year’s Resolutions, make this fresh commitment to the God who holds everything that will happen this year:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”





Today is the official day for starting your New Year’s resolutions. Or is it tomorrow, since today is a holiday and no resolutions start on a holiday – especially if our resolution is dietary or has something to do with getting up earlier.

Here is a New Year’s resolution that is worth starting even today:

I will not let a day go by without thanking God for Christ and His gospel which saved me