Grace Life Church
It is almost the end of January and probably many who did bother to make a New Year's resolution have already broken it. What does that word really mean? Resolution means the act or process of resolving something, determining, deciding, a decision as to future action. They are always made with good intentions but most of us fall short of accomplishing the action.
Did you know that the Apostle Paul made a resolution and it is recorded in the bible? 1Corinthians 2:2 (NIV) 2For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
What Paul is trying to convey is that he is not trying to impress anyone by his preaching but to impress upon them Who Jesus is and what He has done for us all. His message was simple and straightforward about Jesus. He was crucified for our sins and not His own. He was our substitute on the cross dying for our sins so that we would not have to pay the price of death, our wages earned; but instead believe and receive His forgiveness and exchange our sins for His gift of Righteousness and the eternal life by allowing the Holy Spirit of Jesus to come and abide in us for all eternity. That is what knowing Jesus really meant for Apostle Paul and he kept that throughout his life.
My resolve this year is to keep my focus on Jesus. I can do that only as I fix my eyes on His Holy Word. Proverbs 4 has a number of verses that encourage us to look and listen to His word in order to live right and enjoy a long life.
Proverbs 4:4-5 4My father taught me, "Take my words to heart. Follow my commands and you will live. 5Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don't forget my words or turn away from them.
Proverbs 4:10-11 10My child, listen to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life. 11I will teach you wisdom's ways and lead you in straight paths.
Proverbs 4:20-23 20 My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words.21 Don't lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, 22 for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.
I like this promise from Isaiah 26:3 3You will keep in perfect peace all who rust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
We need to read or eat daily the word of God just as the children of Israel did the manna in the wilderness. Deuteronomy 8:3 (NIV) 3He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, o teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
We sing a song that comes from these verses in Isaiah 55:10-11 10"The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. 11It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
My thought and challenge for us all this year is to make reading the bible more than a religious exercise to appease our ego or attempt to please God; but, rather a daily way of keeping our hearts and minds fixed on the One and only Author of Salvation Who is able to keep us in the Peace that only He can give us.
May we all resolve like Apostle Paul to know nothing except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Blessings of the Lord to us all!