I have written a New Year's post once before when I first started this blog, listing the many things I wanted to accomplish, the new opportunities I wished to pursue. While I have been writing down a few of those items over the past few days, I do not think it would really be that beneficial to me or you to again post something similar.
The significant amount of importance we place in change is really quite staggering. We all want to make new memories with friends, start working out and lose a little weight, learn from our mistakes and become better people. But how often does our enthusiasm fade? How easily is our passion and desire broken? The pressure we put on the changing of ourselves is far too great; weight we were never meant to carry. And upon discovering this burden to be far too heavy we become dismayed, never again desiring to change until we once again see the days of the calendar dwindling. And then begins another list of accomplishments we will never accomplish, satisfactions we shall never satisfy, resolutions that shall never be resolved.
How much longer can we commit to goals we know will never come to fruition? Goals that will never be checked off the list?
I have decided to take a different approach when contemplating 2013. I prefer to not tie myself down to a set of resolutions that will never be fulfilled.
I recently bought a daily devotional called My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. I have heard many things about this book but have never actually looked into it. Being the 1st of January, I was able to read the first page of this book when I returned from a New Year's get-together tonight. One of the quotes that resonated so eloquently with me reads:
"I am determined to be absolutely and entirely for Him and Him alone."
Such a simple quote, but the significance it holds is insurmountable.
What is the call of the Christian but a call to give God glory in every aspect of his life. Every word, every deed, all to the glory of the One Who is worthy of all praise and honor. We were not placed here to reflect glory on ourselves. We were made to direct all attention, all light, all glory to the Creator, Lord God Almighty. When I think about this reality, I take great comfort in the truth that my own glory does not determine my salvation. I know how messed up I am. I know how wretched I have been. Praise God my own righteousness does not determine my eternal state, because when it all comes down to it, I had no hope to begin with. Sin has so severely marred and torn my heart, spirit, and soul, but now that I am in Christ, crucified, buried, and resurrected, my salvation is secure, my hope is assured.
With this hope in mind, I know that my life should only be used to give God glory in every possible outlet. My worth is not found in my righteousness but in the righteousness of my Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. If this is so, is the display of my every action, my every word, that which Christ displayed?
This is a serious heart-check for me as I know I have been guilty of breaking my God's heart with every broken law, every defiled commandment, and every betrayal. But because I am in Christ, I know I am washed clean and made new with His sacrifice for me.
Much like Pastor Chambers, I am determined to live for God and God alone. What this looks like, I am not entirely sure, but I do know that with a heart set on the will of God, this dream can become a reality. In Christ we are more than conquerors, the strongest of warriors, filled with a Spirit that never loses passion, blessed by a God that truly loves us beyond all understanding, known by name by a God that would humble Himself to humanity.
This year, make a decision for Christ. Make a decision to confess and repent of your sins, turning from who you once were in death to new found life in Christ
Please know that I will be praying for you and if there is ever a need to talk about anything I write, I am always willing to respond. Please pray for me as well, as I continue on in my journey to be all for God and His glory.
Please pray as well for the many changes that will be taking place in my life and the continual shaping of my character as the man of God I am called to be.