Resolution is defined in the Encarta Dictionary as the process of resolving something, such as a problem. Resolutions are often associated with the beginning of a new year, aren’t they? We seem to always have something about us that we can improve upon, don’t we? A resolution to make a change often comes with the New Year because throughout the Advent season most of us are focused on the birth of Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us! Some of us have grown up making New Year's resolutions year after year. We resolve that after the seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas we’ll do better. And by better, for most of us that means taking better care of ourselves. Of course, we always plan to start right after the last New Year’s Eve party!
Revolution is a dramatic change in ideas or practice. This term is most often used in a more radical manner, and possibly for some may even carry a negative connotation. But for us who follow the Way of Christ, we know that everything that points to Him is counter cultural to the world. And by the world we mean those who do not trust in the power and purpose of God. Jesus said in John 15, ““If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you.” The dramatic change that is happening to us is this Truth shedding light within us. We have a problem that used to separate us from God - sin. But Jesus, in Himself, has resolved that problem for us! The reality is this, as we read in 1 Corinthians 6, “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”
We have been given the gift of peace in that we don’t have to measure up to be accepted by God. And along with that peace we’ve been given the gift to choose each day and each moment how we will live our lives. No one is perfect, but we strive toward the perfection of Him who lives in us as we turn toward Him and away from the world’s attempt to give us purpose. What happens to most of us though is that we are suddenly distracted, and then the distraction becomes a focus, and then that focus becomes our purpose, and then after a while we’ve forgotten His purpose and plan for us.
I pray that 2016 will be a year in which we focus and trust in God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, and we love our neighbors as God has loved us. May you stay healthy in spirit, mind and body as you turn towards the One who loves you unconditionally! God is so good, all the time!
In Christ’s Love,