Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Or as we say here at StoneGable, “goals”? Many of us start the New Year with a new slate and want to start off the year changing some of our not so great or healthy ways. It feels wonderful to have a fresh start and to put the past behind us and to strive for new goals in the New Year! As we start the New Year let’s make sure we put the very best and most heathy goal at the top of our list! Let’s start off the year renewing our efforts and desire to connect with God on a daily basis!
One of my favorite verses in the bible is Romans 12:1-2
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
This is a deep and oh, so meaningful verse for our lives… especially starting out in the New Year! Paul is urging the saints in Rome, and all of us too, to give ourselves… or lives… over to God. He says that this is the only thing we can sensibly do if we really know all the mercy God has bestowed on us. That God has shown us such extreme grace and the only right response to this grace is to turn our whole selves over in service to the Creator because of what He has done!
He goes on to tell us not to be conformed to this world. Not to buy into the “systems” of this world because they are corrupt. God wants us to be transformed, or changed from the inside out, by renewing our mindset, by knowing Him and His word. But not only having a head knowledge of His word but letting eternal truth seep into our very hearts and souls and make everlasting changes in us, looking more like Jesus.
God wants us to know His will and do His will. He want us to know what is good and acceptable and godly straight from His mouth. He wants us to grow spiritual and emotional mature.
This is the time of year for fresh starts! For changing our lives for the better. Let’s choose wisely to change our lives from the inside out.
Will you resolve with me to read your Bible everyday? To talk to God continually throughout the day? Will you LOOK and SEARCH for His hand of blessing in your life continually and praise Him for it? If you make a habit of looking for God you will find Him everywhere!
Connecting with God daily is more important to us than anything! It sustains our starving souls and splashes fresh Living Water on us! When we spend quality time with our Lord we have the energy to live out His world and share that with those around us. And we have enough filling of the Holy Spirit to splash His Living Water on a dry and thirsty world as we go about our day!
Will you set a goal to connect with God every day?
I’m urging you to memorize Romans 12:1-2 and practice it daily. This is the best New Year’s resolution you can make. It has eternal consequences!
Happy New Year dear friends!