New Year’s Resolution
We were thinking about what to write in today’s blog, and we didn’t want to duplicate what we said in yesterday’s sermon, What Are Our New Year’s Resolutions?, when we read a Food for Thought article by Marni Montanez, and how John 5:19 became part of her New Year’s resolution.
19. Jesus therefore answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.
Now, we may not be perfect as Jesus is, but shouldn’t we at least be doing everything in our power to listen to the unction of the Holy Spirit, and pray for the Lord’s help in doing this, even as a major part of our New Year’s resolution?
After all, didn’t Jesus tell us in Matthew 5:48…
48. “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
To us, this seems to be a commandment rather than a suggestion, which means that we have been given the spiritual power to do it, if we are willing to accept it and use it.
And didn’t Jesus also teach us to pray for this in the Lord’s Prayer, as we are told in Matthew 6:10.
10. ‘Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
We don’t have to ask God for this kind of spiritual help in these exact words, but that the inner most thoughts of our mind and soul should be, “Help me Lord to make the decisions you want me to make and to live the way you want me to live, that I may bring glory to your name, and make this a more loving and compassionate world for the whole of creation.”
Have a blessed New Year.