Resolutions or Legacy

3rd January, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

The beginning of a new year is the time that many of us feel the need to make resolutions. We resolve to be more organized, lose weight, exercise more,be more honest, read the Bible more often, or lose our temper less often. Some resolutions are commitments to stop a particular sin; others are decisions to make life-style changes. Regardless, most resolutions, while well-intended, don’t last long.

Does this mean we shouldn’t make New Year’s resolutions? Do they have any value?

These are the wrong questions that seek the wrong thing. As believers, I don’t think that the Lord is particularly interested in us making resolutions. The Lord does want us to live a self-controlled life and work diligently at changing sinful patterns, but something is more important to Him.

The Bible says, “For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life” (1 Thessalonians 4:7).  The Lord wants us to live a holy life such that we will leave a legacy of godliness behind us. Living a holy life doesn’t mean living a sinless life — no one is able to be totally free from sin.  It does mean living a life separated unto the Lord.  It means having a desire to please Him every day. Living a holy, godly life is something we must “train” ourselves to do, and doing so is possible only by God’s grace. When we live a holy, godly life, we leave a legacy behind us that others can see and choose to emulate.

The Lord is more interested in that legacy of a godly life than He is with miscellaneous resolutions that we can’t and won’t keep. We need to have a bigger view of sanctification than simply adopting yearly resolutions. Each day we should ask for God’s grace to please Him and then thank Him that He can help us help others by our example.

Resolution versus legacy. Don’t worry so much about making resolutions that mean little and break easily. Concentrate more on what kind of legacy you will have.

Do you want to think more about legacies? Think about the various Biblical characters and decide what legacy they had. Don’t look for perfect men or women. You won’t find any. Look instead for godly men and women that have been an encouragement to you.

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