Life Changing New Year Resolutions

Prakash P Koshy

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Resolve to prepare for His second coming

Covid variants, earth quakes, terrorist attacks, natural disasters and war wreck havoc in many nations. Even the safest places are not free from such unpredictable catastrophes. Such events indicate that the coming of Lord is at hand. So it’s time to seek things that are above and live in hope of eternity. “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:1-2

Resolve to fight sin
Sin is easily accessible now than ever before. Human inventions, technology, mobility, communication facility and the new world order make sin viable, affordable, accessible and fashionable. The word of God does not change according to times and evolving technology. Recognize the aspects, people and situations that set off temptations and resultant sin. Keep away from such things. “You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6: 20. “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.  Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.” Colossians 3: 5- 6

Resolve to be grateful
Be grateful to God for the wonderful life and the greatest gift, Jesus Christ. Also, be thankful for the innumerable blessings in our lives. Many people around the world are in pathetic situations because of war, calamities and famine. They may be near to us or on the other side of the globe. Think about them and do not worry about what we do not have. Praise God for spiritual and earthly blessings. A thankful attitude brightens up our own lives and lives around us.  “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3: 15

Resolve to spend more time on Scriptures
It is a common resolution most Christians take and follow it during the initials days of the new year. But, later many ignore this resolution. If we are away from the word of God, we are closer to Satan. Though many will not accept this fact, it is true. Scripture is the light in our dark paths, a right indicator at crossroads, a solace in gloomy situations and a purifying factor in culture cauldron. Make reading and meditation of the Scripture a strict habit.  Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly….” Colossians 3: 16

Resolve to know Jesus better
Paul has known Jesus Christ for thirty years and has experienced celestial visitations and visions. But still he wants to know Him more. We cannot compare our lives with Paul’s. He was the greatest warrior of the Lord, fighting till the last breath.. Paul was a truly passionate follower of Jesus Christ. If such a person wants to know Him better, where are we?   “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ  and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in  Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.” Philippians 3:7-9.

Resolve to allot time for prayer
Prayer is power, so less prayer means less power. It is a dominant spiritual tool. “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:18. Jesus Christ, son of God had shown us a great example that He spent a considerable time in prayer when He was on earth. The effectiveness of a prayer depends not on its length, but on its intensity. When we grow in Christ we will understand prayer is not about asking things, but it is a continuous communication between two closed persons.

Resolve to consider others’ needs
We live in a world where brands revolve around ‘I’. And people believe nothing is wrong in selfish motives and selfish gains. Be different. Take a decision to offer small help to others. Sometimes a smile can bring cheers on others’ faces. Separate a portion of our materials, wealth and time for others and the unfortunate. We may not spend our entire life in serving others, but we can make others happy by offering timely help in their distress. Instead of focusing on our lives and its troubles look around and be aware of the needs of others.  “Not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:4