Faith Matters: A true new years resolution
December 25, 2008
Well, you blinked there went Christmas. Now most set their sights on New Years. I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of New Years resolutions. But it seems natural for us to want fresh starts. We all at some time or another want a chance to push reset and try to do things better. Whether it’s a diet, work, family, working out, or just plain being a better person. We like the idea of starting fresh. Setting out on a new way of life.
I find it curious that we all go through periods of wanting to better. We’re honest with ourselves that we are not what we could or should be. Why is there a prevailing notion throughout humanity that we are broken and need to be fixed? You go to a bookstore or turn on Oprah and you find numerous self-help books that claim they can make you a better you. Why do we desire to be better? Because we are broken, we’re not what we should be.
When God created the heavens and the earth, He did so perfectly. He took great pleasure in His creation, especially the culmination of His creation: Humanity.
Together, Adam and Eve bore God’s image, and He was well pleased. Being in His image, they were able to have close interaction and friendship with God. It was in the Garden of Eden, however, that this great relationship between God and humanity experienced a fatal blow. Adam and Eve deliberately chose a path of self-will and rebellion, eating from the one tree in the garden God told them would bring them death. It’s interesting that they focused on the one thing God prohibited instead of being in awe of all He provided.
Sin is real and sin is deadly. We don’t have to look too far to see the effects of sin in our world. Just turn on the news and see a world filled with chaos, selfishness, and death. Because Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s command, they were now flawed.
They chose a path that brought sin and death into the world, including spiritual death.
And as it says in Romans 5:12 ” …sin came into the world through one man…and so death spread to all men because all sinned.”
Given our state of separation from God, we all have two basic spiritual needs. First, we desperately need to have our relationship with God restored. We stand guilty before Him because of our sin. We need to own up to and face the problem of our sin.
We cannot fix this on our own. Self-help books aren’t going to fix the problem of our sin. We can’t just pick ourselves up by our bootstraps because the solution isn’t in us. It is only found in Jesus Christ.
Second, we need our hearts transformed. We need the Spirit of God to come in and make us new. It is a supernatural miraculous thing, but the God of the universe can transform us, He can make us new. He can fix us.
God wasn’t satisfied to leave us in our sin. He wasn’t willing to just let us go, so He came and died on our behalf. Why did He need to die at all? In all of us there is a sense of justice. We know that when someone steals our wallet they need to pay for wronging us. This is true with God. There is an eternal standard of right and wrong that comes from God’s perfect character. Our rebellion rightly deserves a punishment.
If we are honest with ourselves we can remember doing bad things since our earliest years. We all stand guilty and deserving of God’s wrath. Christ took the punishment on himself. Following that all famous verse John 3:16, Jesus said, “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
Whoever believes in Jesus Christ may have eternal life as opposed to eternal death in hell. It’s as simple as that. You may be thinking, “Does he expect me to read this article and all of a sudden become a Christian?” Whether it’s from this article, or a friend, or a relative, whether it’s now or in the future, I pray to God that all who read this would experience the joy, fulfillment, and satisfaction that come only in knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. I am not embarrassed of the good news of Jesus Christ, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. Trusting and following Christ is the TRUE New Years resolution.
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