What is Your New Years ReVolution

This has been republished from January 2011!

Matthew 10:34-36

34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn a man against his father a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.

Here we are in the first month of the New Year and everyone is starting their resolutions. Of course the most popular ones are lose weight, eat healthier, quit smoking, quit drinking….. A New Year resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a personal goal and is typically self centered and built around self improvement. Not saying that anything is wrong with that, because there is definitely a place for it. As Christians resolutions are ok, but we have to realize we are in the middle of a war.(Eph 6:12) Good vs evil, right vs wrong, saved, vs unsaved, light vs dark, and God vs Satan. That’s why a revolution may be more appropriate for us, than resolutions.

A revolution is a sudden, complete or marked change in something. In the above passage Jesus was intent on implementing change to the world. In order to revolutionize the world Jesus had to make a sacrifice. A revolution, is sacrificial by nature and focuses on impacting others not just ourselves.(Phillipians 2:3) Have you looked around lately at the world we live in and thought about how you could be an instrument of eternal change?

How do we get prepared for this revolution? First thing we have to do is focus on that which is unseen.(2Cor 4:18). Most resolutions are focused on our dreams, our plans, our goals, and our will. But its not about us. What kind of resolution do you think Jesus would have made?

While a Christian revolution is about:

  • Putting God back in control of the church.(2Cor 11:3-4)
  • Declaring THE GOSPEL (Matthew 28:19)
  • Listening to and obeying His call. (Romans 8:5)

Some ideas for Christian Resolutions/Revolutions

(1) To Pray daily to the Lord for wisdom (James 1:5)

(2) Share your faith with at least one new person each week (Romans 10:14)

(3) Call sin, sin. The goal is to become sensitive to sin, to the point you hate it.(1John 3:9)

A resolution can fade away, but once a revolution starts, it has to end in either victory or defeat. How nice is it to know that we serve a God who has not and cannot be defeated. What will your revolution change in our world in 2011?

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