New Year’s Resolutions
At the start of each new year, lots of people share their New Year’s resolutions. What are yours?
Look at what Paul wrote to the Ephesians. Because of our wonderful calling in Christ—that is that we’re saved by grace through faith—he challenged all of us to walk worthy of that great calling. What a wonderful lifetime goal.
But what does it mean? Paul became more specific. We’re to walk in newness of life. In other words, we’re not to walk like we did when we didn’t know Jesus as personal Savior.
Paul went on to say that we’re to walk in love in all of our relationships. Why? Because of Christ’s supreme love for us.
We’re also to walk in the light—again reflecting Jesus who said “I am the light of the world and anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”
Paul summarized all of this when he said we’re to walk wisely:
“Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk—not as unwise people but as wise—making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Eph 5:15-17
But here’s more good news. We can achieve these goals through God’s strength. This is why he wrote as he concluded his letter–“Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength.”
These are not just New Year’s resolutions. They should be lifetime goals—and with God’s help we can become more and more conformed to the image of Jesus Christ—until He comes again.
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