A New Year’s Resolution

“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.  As obedient children do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.  But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.'”  (I Pet. 1:13-16, NIV).

This time of year we hear a lot about resolutions.  A new year, a new month, a new start.  But I recently read something that put making resolutions into perspective:  “A resolution, without a plan, is just a wish.”  Ouch.

Peter gives us more than a resolution in 1 Peter 1; he gives us a command from God Himself:  “Be holy, because I am holy.”  But as with a resolution, without a plan, we won’t be able to keep God’s command.  Fortunately, we have the Holy Spirit living within us to help us and give us strength, but we also need to do our part and make a plan to live victorious and holy lives in this messed up world.

I believe that Peter gives us a few pointers in verse 13 to help us make a plan for holy living.  First, he says, “prepare your minds for action”.  Before we can live holy lives, we have to wrap our minds around the concept and prepare ourselves for what active, holy living looks like.  Secondly, he says, “be self controlled”.  We can’t live holy lives when we are living out of control in any area of our life.  Lack of control and holiness don’t mesh!  Thirdly, he says, “set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed”.  In other words, keep your eyes on the goal!

In this new year, God wants us to live holy lives in all that we do.  But before we give up on such a lofty goal before we even begin, let’s put into practice the steps that Peter offers to us.   This resolution, this goal, is attainable…God wouldn’t have asked it of us if it were not.  But we need a plan, and God graciously has given one to us.  Let’s make 2016 the year that we actually attain our resolution–our goal–to live more like Christ!

~Terri

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