New Year Promises
As we begin a New Year, we often start by committing ourselves to New Year’s resolutions. We set all kinds of lofty goals for ourselves such as losing weight, exercising more, and spending more time with our families. Spiritually, we promise to spend more time reading the Bible, praying, and witnessing to others. I am chagrined to admit how few of my own resolutions survive even into February. Despite all my promises and hard work, I don’t seem to get very far off the ground by pulling on my own bootstraps. My efforts are pretty weak, and therein lies the problem but also the solution.
I have to acknowledge that my efforts are weak and insufficient. I am not able to fundamentally change myself no matter how hard I try. Paul gives us the key to success in 2 Corinthians 12:9, 10. But Jesus said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me… For when I am weak, then I am strong.
It is only by admitting that I cannot do it, that the way is opened for me to see it accomplished in my life. It is only by total surrender to Christ and inviting Him to take control of my life that anything is going to change. At the beginning of every day and moment by moment through the day, I must acknowledge my weakness and claim Christ’s strength. He has already accomplished every good and holy thing that I seek to have in my life.
So in this New Year as we make our New Year Resolutions, lets remember to put Christ at the center of each and every one, because He alone has the strength to see them through.
Pastor Jason Johnson