It is not even the new year yet, and I am talking about resolutions. That is just wrong.
But wait. Do you make them? Do you keep them? I seem to remember something God said about the commitments we make and something about His commitments, too.
Matthew 5:37 (nasb) --- But let your statement be, 'Yes, yes' or 'No, no'; anything beyond these is of evil.
Psalm 145:13 (nlt) --- For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.You rule throughout all generations.The Lord always keeps his promises;he is gracious in all he does.
We live in a day of 'unkept promises', and what does that say about Christians? When the divorce rate among Christians is just as high as non-Christians. When commitments to job or family or others continues to decline among the people who go to church, what are we going to do?
My point is this....we are called to show the world Jesus and at Christmas time we have a blank check that we can write in telling the world and talking about Him. Yet do our actions or our words or our commitments get in the way of people hearing what we have to say. Think about it.
Resolutions need to point people to who we are and to what we love. I challenge us in the coming weeks to make commitments that we are willing to keep. The world desperately needs some stability, and if you have forgotten ....
Hebrews 13:8 (nlt) --- Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Be it resolved that we will resolve to demonstrate the love of God to the people we encounter in 2008. It won't be easy, but it will be right.