Happy New Year from Bay City Baptist Church in Green Bay, WI! There is something fresh and clean about turning the calendar page to a new year. It’s a chance to turn a new leaf and start the year off right, right?!
Well, there really isn’t any difference between December 31 and January 1. There is no magic eraser that wipes away the old and provides a clean slate for the new. Thankfully God forgives! He wants us to break bad habits and start good ones! But for the right reasons.
Unless your motive is pure, it will likely fail because it doesn’t have God at the center. For instance, if losing weight is your resolution, is it your vanity/pride that’s driving you? Do you want to feel better about yourself? If that’s the case, then you don’t have God at the center of your resolution and He isn’t likely to help you along your road to success.
Even resolutions like praying more, reading the Bible more, and becoming more active in the ministry can stem from impure motives. These are great goals, but not if your motives are selfish. Are you looking to fulfill those goals because you want to honor God, or because it is just what a good Christian should do?
Take time to pray and seek God’s direction for you in 2015. And don’t be satisfied with the person you were in 2014. God wants you to grow in Him with each passing day. Let Him be the Writer of your resolutions! And may our church be used of God in the city of Green Bay in the coming year.
Happy New Year!