Most of us like to set goals, make resolutions, or at least take time to re-evaluate and re-calibrate every January. And along with that comes a flurry of new blog posts about setting and reaching those goals. Here are a few that stood out to me this year, specifically regarding drawing closer to God.
Spending Time with God:
“Having a quiet time does not earn you brownie points with God. It doesn’t make you inherently a better Christian. It’s meeting with God that makes you more like Jesus.”
“I know we feel, ‘I don’t have time. How will I fit this into the day?’ Well, the sad fact is that most of us in the room have time for Facebook, but we don’t have time for His book. What’s wrong with that picture?”
Reading God’s Word:
“Reading the Bible cover to cover is a great way to facilitate meditation upon the whole counsel of God. But a simple resolution to do this is often an insufficient. Most of us need a more proactive plan.”
“It’s presumptuous for a man to suggest that he knows the best method for everyone to read the Bible. But I’m going to tell you the way that I best read the Bible… and why it works so well for me. Frankly, I have never known Bible reading to be so transformative and interesting as with this method.”
“I don’t want to discourage you from making a resolution or tell you to throw away what you’ve already written, but I do want to challenge your way of thinking. How can you establish a godly character and lasting legacy in 2014?”
“Resolutions can be a great tool. But I’m afraid that too often resolutions are just “turbo shots” of selfishness that propel us to cling closer to our idols… My resolutions need to be all about my Master, and doing His will, because I am no longer my own, I was bought with a price.”
If you need some suggestions, perhaps you can borrow some from Jonathan Edwards’ list of life-long resolutions. He starts out with this acknowledgement: “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.”
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