Before We Look Ahead

New Year’s resolutions can be freeing, but more often than not, they are frustrating. We set our plans and goals, only to see them knocked about, changed, ignored, or forgotten within months or even days.

Perhaps we would be better served by not making resolutions, but rather, determining to fix our eyes on Jesus. He who is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), died to begin a transformation process within God’s elect, and the Spirit of God works to bring about that change.

Having just passed Christmas, we focused on Jesus as the “Christ child,” but facing the New Year, we need a fresh vision of Jesus that will inspire us to change. David Butts, Chairman of America’s National Prayer Committee, wrote, “It is time for the Church of Jesus Christ to see Jesus! To see Him as He really is, not as a mascot, but as our monarch.” Jesus, our monarch—our Lord and sovereign King—is in charge of everything. In Colossians 1:15-20, we get a glimpse of His majesty, and Revelation 1:13-17 reveals how people react when they see Jesus in His glorified body. Our vision of Jesus should fill us with awe and wonder that He would consider us to love us so. It should inspire us to serve Him forever.

I encourage you, either today or on the first day of the New Year, to read these two passages. Rather than a list of resolutions, choose to offer God two outstretched hands of surrender to His will. Ask God for fresh vision and a hunger for His presence and righteousness in the year to come.

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