Tis the season…for a New Year’s Resolution! Whether we like it or not, resolutions have become a part of America’s fabric. Typing in the words “new year’s resolution” on the internet yields millions of hits. Some sites list the top resolutions people typically choose; other sites offer suggestions. One site from abcnews.com had a procrastination expert who offered advice to help the resolution “stick”.
From dieting to saving, there is no limit to what people will resolve to do during the upcoming year. These vows are not only made for people’s physical well-being, but for their spiritual lives as well. One website listed seven resolutions for a Christian. A few of these included more prayer, bible reading, bible study, love for family, and evangelism. While there is nothing inherently wrong with any of these endeavors (believers should be exemplifying these qualities), they are not an end in themselves.
There is a hymn that was written by Palmer Hartsough and published in 1896 called “I Am Resolved”. The words to this hymn give a glimpse of what Matthew 6:33 means when it says, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”(NIV).
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 am resolved to go to the Saviour
Leaving my sin and strife
He is the true one
He is the just one
He hath the words of life
I am resolved to follow the Saviour
Faithful and true each day
Heed what He sayeth
Do what He willeth
He is the living way
I am resolved to enter the kingdom
Leaving the paths of sin
Friends may oppose me
Foes may beset me
Still will I enter in
Resolving to follow Christ is the greatest decision a person can make. It is not an easy path to take, nor is it popular. In fact, it may bring untold suffering in this life, but the rewards are beyond compare. What is your New Year’s Resolution this year?
“But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” Joshua 24:15 (NIV).