by Paula Harrington
As we bid good-bye to one year and usher in a new one, many in the world will make resolutions hoping to change their lives for the better. However, as children of God, our resolution should be to become more like Christ. We know that the best way to grow closer to God is to saturate our lives with his word.
Here are four easy steps, found in the New Testament, to help us change our lives for the better in 2009.
We Will Honor Others
In 2009, let us show honor to all people. Even though some in the world may justify withholding honor or respect due to a person’s behavior or status, we as Christians will remember that Christ died for all men (1 Peter 3:18), and we have a responsibility to show honor to all.
We will Love the Brotherhood
In 2009, let us strive to love and encourage the brotherhood. As this New Year arrives, we will be determined to put the interests of others above our own (Romans 12:10; Philippians 2:3-4; Galatians 6:10).
We will Fear God
In 2009, we will remember each day that our purpose is found in Ecclesiastes 12:13. We will fear God and keep his commandments and, in doing so, will strengthen our faith and lead others to Christ.
We will Respect our Rulers
In 2009, we will honor the government, regardless of whether we agree with those in power or not. We will remember that we are subject to the governing authorities, and there is no authority that exists that isn’t appointed by God (Romans 13:1).
We will be honorable; however, as soldiers of Christ, we will not sit idly by and let the evil in this world lead others astray. We will stand up for what is good and right and will do so in a respectful manner.
The words of Peter are as relevant today as they were in the first century, “Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king” (I Peter 2:17).
Four simple steps to be lead us this into this New Year and closer to Christ. Let us be attentive to them.
by Paula Harrington