At the beginning of every year, millions of people, including Christians, start the calendar year off with resolutions and self-promises. It is man’s way of attempting to have a better year than the one before. If we look back over several decades, we find that most have repeated the same old resolutions year after year. Obviously, the power of our ‘resolve’ hasn’t been successful.
Maybe, we need to do things differently. Maybe, the answer is not in the strength of the ‘will of man.’ Real change is found in surrender to the Only One who can change us from the inside-out. This is why the Gospel is so powerful–it is not just a message of a historical figure who died in space-time for us. Jesus actively and existentially changes us as we lay ourselves upon the altar of prayer and spend time in His Word and in His presence.
Therefore, it seems we either trust our own will, or we surrender to Christ as the source of real change. And, since New Years resolutions are the attempt of secular men to use the inability of man’s effort, I think the only real change comes from pressing into the person of the resurrected Lord.
For those reasons, we need to say no to resolutions….and yes to surrender!
Now that makes for a Happy New Year.