Every year, come January 1st, people commonly choose resolutions. Perhaps they want to exercise more or become proactive about professional goals. Some decide to read more or save money for a vacation or long-term savings. Whatever the case may be, there’s an honest truth about resolutions—they often fade as quickly as they are made.
Although that harsh truth may sting a bit, that’s not to say we are failures or that we’re lazy.
Not at all!
We are human, and as humans, we often fall short. We are not perfect, and we will never not need guidance and help.
Simply put, we are imperfect beings and that’s reflected throughout our journey of life, especially in our faith walk. In the grand scheme of things, New Year’s resolutions are a small window into the comparison of faith and the forces of temptation and committing sins. We need more than discipline and focus to achieve a goal; we need more than a plan, and the same applies to living a God-centered life. We need Him, and we need His Word. The Gospel is not only the answer but the way, the truth, and the light.
In knowing this, think about your faith and what is required to transform your heart and mind.
The question is profound, but the answers are few.
The one and only force powerful enough to shift one’s mind and heart is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Gospel offers unwavering hope and a steadfast source of happiness. The Gospel also offers support as the only consistent source of joy in our lives because Jesus is the utmost example of consistency. He is the same today and will be the same forever, and when we begin to understand the depths and magnitude of this precious source of joy, our lives transform. There is nothing in our lives, no event, person, achievement or possession, which will supersede the steadfast joy of the Gospel.
The Gospel is more than a collection of scriptures. The Gospel is the fuel we need to keep our tank of faith running at its best. So, we cannot merely turn to the Gospel for a refresher, quick word or random reference. Instead, the Gospel must be treated as a non-negotiable facet of our lives that we need each and every day in order to be our best. Only then will our lives change and our hearts transform. You cannot have a spiritual transformation without the Gospel in the forefront. As the Gospel transforms our lives, we will then exercise values and morals reflected in His Word. When we truly grasp the value of the Gospel, we live in the image of Christ.
As the Gospel transforms our lives, we will then exercise values and morals reflected in His Word. When we truly grasp the value of the Gospel, we live in the image of Christ.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
As we turn to the Gospel to revel in the splendor of our Lord and Savior, our spirit of love and gratitude is intensified. In turn, we exhibit a natural course of the values He imparts in His Word – thankfulness, obedience, love, and forgiveness. Without the Gospel, life is not the same. Our everyday lives are at their best when we experience the joy and power of His Word, and only then can we experience and live our best life.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)