Looking for some good New Years Resolutions to make? I have a couple of suggestions. Spend more time this year reading and learning God’s word. David said in Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” God’s word is given to us so that we can enter into a right and reconciled relationship with Him through His Son Jesus Christ and so that we can receive direction and guidance for daily living. Resolve to spend time learning God’s word this year. But don’t stop there.
A complaint that I heard a few times during 2015 from people I met on the street was that they met too many Christians who did not seem to be living their faith or who just seemed to be downright unloving in the way they went about it. In James 1:22 we are told to “prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.”
As we spend time learning God’s word, we need to be sure we are letting it impact us in a godly way. We must live and demonstrate God’s word in an accurate and godly fashion. I am sure that most of us know somebody who can “spout it and shout it” but who does not “live it or give it” in a way that brings God honor and glory. Let’s not be those people. Let’s resolve not only to learn God’s word but to be among those who lovingly live, share and do His word in 2016. Until next time, stay strong in the faith.