Week Eight: A Resolution Worth Keeping

1 Jan

“Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

1 Corinthians 15:58

It’s the beginning of a new year, which for many of us means “New Years Resolutions”. Or as I like to call it, “A long list of things that you won’t follow through with because you were too ambitious and now you’re over it”. We seem to do this every single year. We get really excited and think that we will be able to do everything that we always wanted to do in one year just because we wrote it down on a piece of paper. Sometimes, it’s because we get lazy or the list was a bit unrealistic or way too lengthy. But let’s be honest, maybe the reason you didn’t follow through with your resolutions isn’t because they were unrealistic, maybe it’s because they just weren’t worth keeping. But here is a resolution that you can and should keep: stand firm and work. For us to be effective Christians in this world, we must have a strong faith in Christ and a firm foundation of what it means to be a Christian. We are to be the light of the world, but if you aren’t seeking Christ and growing in Him, you’re practically a wet match in a damp cave…not very useful. Seek the Lord in this next year with zeal and fervor so that you can stand firm in the face of trial and uncertainty. He will make you strong as you seek His face. Christian, in this next year, pull up your sleeves and work. People are going to hell and hearts are becoming hardened and we need to try as hard as humanly possible to keep people from eternal separation from Christ. Any work done for the kingdom of God whether it be leading a small group or greeting someone at church, is not work done in vain. If your work is for the Lord, you are building up treasures in heaven and you will hopefully lead people to Jesus. This life is short and the only thing that will last is what is done for Jesus.

 Pray: Lord, give me the strength to stand firm in the faith. Keep me from moving away from You and Your truth. Lord, let me work for You and Your kingdom with no hesitation and will my whole heart.

Ask Yourself: Are you standing firm in Christ or are you wavering in your faith? Are you applying His principles in your daily life, or are you shrinking back? Is your work for God’s glory or your own? Are you getting disheartened in your service to the Lord?

Apply: Stay strong! Christ is the Cornerstone, providing a firm foundation for us to thrive. Life has it’s rough patches but stand firm and know that He is God and He is stronger than anything that may be thrown at you. Plant this truth in your heart, because your work is not in vain. Commit to a resolution this year that will get you closer to God, whether it be reading through the whole Bible, joining a small group, or serving at your local church. Get involved and stay committed and He will bless your labor.

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