Maybe I am jaded from having spent too many years resolving that REALLY! This is THE YEAR!! that I…
- exercise better
- eat better
- pray better
- act better
- spend time better
- BE BETTER.
But the truth of the matter is, I resolve almost every day to do those things better, and I repeatedly fail. Every day. So what is so special about January 1st anymore?
We live in that tense already/not yet state as Christians. Our sin is purged in the eternal sense; it is paid for. Daily, however, we live with the weight of it….the life-draining, discouraging presence of it. We can’t get away from it; it clouds even our best intentions and actions. Am I helping a friend because the Bible says I should or because I want them to value my friendship? Am I loving my spouse because I love them or because I don’t want them to leave me? Am I obeying the Bible out of duty or out of joy?
I make the ugly girls laugh so the pretty ones will think I’m funny/…tie me to the stake and burn me for this treason/I do all the right things for all the wrong reasons – Osenga
As I mulled over this state of affairs — as though it’s a personal problem and not the perpetual state of fallen humanity — I thought, the best I can do right now as far as a “resolution” is to be who I say I am.
We call that authenticity.
It means that I say I’m a sinner, and I don’t lie about my sin. I confess it openly and glory in forgiveness (in that department, I do OK on the former…I need work on the latter).
It means that I allow the truth of God’s word to permeate conversations, thoughts, actions, values, priorities and friendships.
It means I stop pretending to be someone I’m not and instead labor on inside this fallen state, dragging my broken body and spirit and the mess I’ve made of my life continually before God’s throne and asking Him to redeem it for His glory.
Entering my thirties has meant for me a simultaneous, diametrically opposed growth both in impatience and in grace. As I realize my own shortcomings more and more with age, I am more gracious towards others’. At the same time, however, I am increasingly disappointed in people when they aren’t who they say they are — and then try to hide it. If you are a believer in God’s grace, then you must understand your own lack…your need for it. Why hide from that?
Want a resolution for 2010 and beyond? Be who you say you are.
Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.