Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!!
Looking back on 2018, I must say it was not my favorite year. The loss of my mom to leukemia in August was the lowest of valleys I’ve ever walked through. The grief of that loss along with lesser pains that stain the landscape of the past year leave me looking forward to turning the page on this year. Even still, the Lord was kind to us and he proved his love for me with new morning mercies each day (Lam 3:22-23).
As we look forward to the new year, our minds naturally turn to New Years Resolutions. The hope of a New Year lead our hearts to dream of many other “new” hopes that might define us in 2019. While there is so much good that can come from resolving and committing to change, it is well known that these resolutions often get dropped and even make us feel like we have failed again. Businesses bank on the fact that we will resolve in January only to drop the ball by the end of February. Thankfully, for the Christian, we know that neither our successes or failures define us. Our identity is in Christ. We have been made new and all of the old has passed away (2 Cor 5:17).
So as we approach this new year how can we best live out our new identity in Christ. Rather than limiting your New Year resolutions to a list of a few items, let’s resolve to do all things with the goal of bringing glory to God and building his Kingdom. We must see that everything we do in this life should be done with the aim of spreading Christ’s fame and pointing the world to our good father in Heaven (Matt 5:16). So in all things you do in 2019, consider how you might glorify God and enjoy the grace of Christ in your successes and failures.
With this in mind, how could we see this accomplished in our life?  Here are a few ideas:
  • Resolve to glorify God In your local church. The church is the manifold wisdom of God to the world (Eph 3:10). Christ established his church to see his Kingdom built here on earth as it is in heaven. The Christian is never to walk alone, so dive in and get involved in your local church. Make worship a priority for your family. Find an area to serve. Engage in a discipleship relationship with someone you respect in your church.
  • Resolve to glorify God in your marriage. Husbands, prayerfully ask God to help you lay down your life for your wife. Husbands, most glorify God when we die to ourselves and serve our wives (Eph 5:25). Make a habit of praying with and for your wife.  Wives, prayerfully ask God to help you encourage and honor your husband.  Look for opportunities to show your love with words of praise recognizing the efforts he makes to lead and serve your family. Make a habit of praying for your husband.
  • Resolve to glorify God in your vocation. Don’t just resolve to get in a little earlier or hit a sales goal. Resolve to work as unto the Lord rather than man (Col 3:23). Trust the Lord with where he has placed you vocationally and find ways to bring glory to God in all that you do. Practice personal holiness in your workplace so that everyone around you sees the work of God in your life.
  • Resolve to glorify God in your friendships. Let no corrupting talk start with you and ensure that it ends when it reaches your ears (Eph 4:29). Rather build up your friends showing them the grace you have received from Christ.  Point your friends to Christ through your personal holiness and words of life.
Read your bible, pray, and look to glorify God in all that you do in 2019! May God richly bless you in all that you do!

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