Happy New Year! How are you doing on your New Year’s Resolutions? Did you resolve to quit smoking? Perhaps you decided to plan more for your future and change some spending practices? I’m sure there are some readers who didn’t make any resolutions at all because they resolved never to make another New Year’s Resolution. Regardless of what resolutions you did or did not make, I have one resolution that you should make right away.
I suggest that you resolve to honor your commitment to accept Christ as Lord! The decision to accept Christ’s offer of salvation is a resolution as well. It’s likely that most Christians did not make this commitment for a New Year, but regardless it was a great commitment to make. The problem with many Christians is that just like many New Year’s Resolutions, they are failing at keeping their commitment to make Jesus Lord of their lives.
Before we move on, let me remind you of what Paul taught about salvation.
“ because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 [ESV]
For a person to rightfully claim the gift of salvation, they must confess Christ as Lord. Furthermore, the confession needs to be sincere and backed up with deeply rooted convictions about what Jesus has done for us, such as his resurrection from the dead. Salvation will not be given to those who say “Christ is Lord,” but refuse to let that fill their hearts and lives.
Now keep in mind that if we are saying Jesus is our Lord, we are surrendering all power and authority to Him. He has the right to tell us how to live, where to live and he doesn’t even need to say why since we are giving Him complete authority over ourselves. So since salvation is a resolution to make Jesus Lord of your life, and this Lordship is meant to consume all power and authority over your life, could you honestly say you are honoring this commitment?
When you’ve been out of work for a year but refuse to consider a career change that has been coming up in the back of your mind for the last few months, are you sure you are treating Jesus as Lord and asking him to decide what comes next? We all know money is tight for plenty of people these days, but have you really discussed your financial decisions with Jesus? It may be that you have found a wonderful guy or gal, but they do not accept Jesus as their Lord. How will you be able to fully honor Christ if the one you are supposed to grow with won’t help you, and may even pull you away?
Resolutions are not bad things, but I would ask you to put your effort into honoring the resolution that leads to eternal life. Before you try to run a marathon this year, make sure that you are giving everything over to Jesus. Like any resolution, it will take effort and thought to always seek His Lordship over your life. In the end, though, if Jesus is your Lord, what do you think He would want you to resolve to this year?
Written by Timothy Hegerich
There is truth in our world, and it lies within the word of the One who created the world. It is my prayer that my thoughts and writings echo this truth and inspire you to seek it for your life today!