A New Year’s resolution


    
It seems that time is speeding up and years are now just racing by.  Perhaps our reader will remember these words from an old poem by Henry Twells: “When as a child I laughed and wept, Time crept.”
Well not anymore!  We’re reminded of the words of James in the New Testament: “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away” (James 4:14).
The older I get, the more I realize the urgency of “redeeming the time” that God allows us to have.  Ephesians 5:15-16 (ASV) ¹⁵ “Look therefore carefully how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise; ¹⁶ redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
Typically, at the beginning of each year, well-meaning people make New Year’s Resolutions to be better, do better, and do more than the year before.  I suppose the most frequently spoken resolution is to lose weight this year.  I recently heard one man say on national television that his resolution was to “quit lying.”  When asked if he lied he admitted that he did.  It turned out he had lied to his girlfriend about where they were going (to this television broadcast) and about not being able to get engaged, all so that he could surprise her with a proposal of marriage on national television.  The resolution was a part of the plot to set up the proposal.  While the situation was humorous, it made light of a very serious matter.  His resolution to quit lying meant nothing to him. Oh that we had only accomplished a portion of the grand resolutions of yesteryear!
In the Old Testament, Daniel “purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself  (Daniel 1:8).  Now that’s a resolution worth thinking about.  “Resolved, that I will not defile myself this year with the works of the flesh;”  “Resolved, that I will give myself to Him who died for me.”  The hymnist writes:
“I am resolved no longer to linger,
charmed by the world’s delight.
Things that are higher, things that are nobler,
these have allured my sight.
I will hasten, hasten to Him;
hasten so glad and free.
Jesus, greatest, highest,
I will come to Thee.”
May we all resolve with the writers of old that we will give ourselves totally to the work of the Master. “I’ll live for Him who died for me.”  May this be the year that those who have not begun this New Life actually carry out the commencement of this resolution.  Obey the Lord by being baptized into Him in trusting faith (Col. 2:12).  May those of us who have so begun, continue to walk close to our God as we follow in the steps of Jesus.
May we all resolve to have a New Year’s Revolution! Revolt against sin.  Start a revolution of life changing choices centered around Jesus.  Lead a revolution before friends and family that draws them to look to Jesus as the “author and finisher of their faith”.  Resolve to lead someone to Christ in 2018.  May we all enjoy a blessed and wonderful New Year!!

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