2 Thessalonians 1:11 God will make you worthy of his call and will fulfill by his power every good resolve and work of faith.
It is the season for some sort of New Year resolution.
A resolution to eat less or exercise more may be at the top of your list.
Perhaps your resolution is to read more or even get that project completed that was begun many years ago.
Many look to New Year resolutions as a way to break a bad habit or unhealthy activity, but there may be an area that we have been neglecting in our New Year resolutions.
In January, during our Advent Bible study, Margaret Anderson brought up the subject and idea of spiritual resolutions.
It was asked if anyone had ever attempted spiritual or rather faith-based resolution moving into a new year.
At this point I came to realize the brilliance of the questions and the absence of this reality in my own personal journey of faith.
Why has this thought been absent from my New Year betterment efforts?
Perhaps it’s because I too am lured into the cultural influences of what society feels is important.
So this year, 2017, I would like to challenge each of you to make a New Year resolution into your spiritual life and that of building your relationship with our Lord.
I would suggest, if you are following the advent devotional, find a new one and continue on for the next year. Make it a habit rather than a special holiday tradition.
Purchase a one-year Bible and commit to reading the Bible this year.
Promise yourself: worship attendance, prayer card writing, visits to shut-ins, participation as a worship leader, fix or clean something at church, or seek a new ministry.
This is what I, as your pastor, am resolving to bring into the new year:
to pray more, to study more, to visit with and welcome more people to St. Luke Union Church, to laugh more and let people see the love of God in my heart.
I also look forward to walking with each of you on this adventure on your spiritual journey of the year, 2017.
I look forward to hearing what each of you is planning to do for your spiritual resolution as we begin the year 2017.
I can’t wait to see the light that Christ ignites in your heart as your relationship and spiritual life grows.
Peace and Blessings,