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Resolved Really!

New Year's 2015-2016Key Bible Verse: And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God. Romans 6:13

Bonus Reading: Romans 6:12–14

Jonathan Edwards, the 18th century revivalist, sat down at the age of 17 and penned 21 resolutions by which he would live his life. Throughout his lifetime, he would add to this list until by his death he had 70 resolutions in all.

The unusual thing about Edwards’s is that these were not New Year’s resolutions but resolutions for life. He put at the top of his resolutions: “Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat Him by His grace to enable me to keep these resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to His will, for Christ’s sake. Remember to read over these resolutions once a week.”

We’re conditioned by society and the media to make resolutions with a casual attitude. Christ calls us to the opposite: to be committed to change, to actively seeking to become conformed to His image. Jonathan made his list of resolves, not with the attitude of breaking them, but of living them! He regularly did a “self-check,” summing up how he was doing and seeking God’s help in the process.

—Jan Brown in Christianity Online Connection

Adapted from: Christianity Online Connection (1/8/99).

Prayer:  O Christ, You gave Your all for me. I want to give myself to You.


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