People ask “What is your one word for the new year”, a growing trend just like a New Year’s Resolution. After using The Modest Moms “Best Year Ever Goal Planner” I was able pick my New Year’s word(s). Thats right, I am going against the grain and I picked TWO words 😉 . I realized I had failed to be disciplined and have diligence in many areas of my life, and how I wanted to make that a change this year.
Discipline is the means by which we are diligent. I am reminded by many verses in the Bible, in which God DOES have something to say about slothfulness, laziness, making the best use of my resources for His glory and being diligent in self control and making an effort towards godliness. Lets take a look at some of these verses.
What is your New Year Word? Go to the ant, O Sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. -… Click To Tweet
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
2 Peter 3-11
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
First God tells us to consider the ant and her way and be wise, and realize that the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. And second Peter, this passage is AWESOME! What a wonderful exhortation. Peter reminds Christians that God has granted us ALL things pertaining to life and godliness. How do we figure this out? We are not alone! God gave us His living Word, to understand what His will is and how we are to live life and pursue godward orientation. We are called to confirm our calling to make every effort to add to our faith:
After going over my goal planner, and seeing what areas I desperately needed to grow in I realized rather then being anxious I needed to repeat Gods truths to myself and see that He has divine power and has cleansed me from my former sins. My part needs to be trusting in the Lord and “be all the more diligent … for if you practice these qualities you will never fall”. To put this into application for each compartment of my life:
I need to understand what God has already done for me, and what my responsibility to Him is, I can do this by digging into His infallible Word. Knowledge can apply to my faith, love and steadfastness can apply to my family and my marriage. Self-control can apply to my finances, fitness, habits health and media. The kingdom and His glory should be at the forefronts of our minds. By having our hope, trust and faith bigger then “this is the one thing I will change this year to make my spending habits better”, and seeing that God will richly provide an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord, we can start the New Year refreshed and have our goals and efforts to the BEST resolution. As Jonathan Edwards says, “I humbly entreat God by His grace to enable me to keep my resolutions , so far as they are agreeable to His will, for Christ’s sake.” This is starting the New Year IN TRUTH. Consuming the Word of God enables you to increase in the knowledge and grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What does God have to say about your resolution or your one word? Have you considered what His Word tells you? Do you humbly ask Him to enable you to change your habits? Let me know down below what you have resolved. I have resolved to be diligent and disciplined for Christ’s name sake as to not tarnish my testimony of the Gospel.New Year New Word- I humbly entreat God by His grace to enable me to keep my resolutions , so… Click To Tweet