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New Year’s Resolutions
The best way to listen to God

The Best Way to Listen to God

Here are some common New Year’s Resolutions:

  • I’m going to go to the gym this year.
  • I’m going to eat better this year.
  • I’m going to go to church more this year.
  • I’m going to treat my friends better this year.

Well, I spent some time reading through Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions And Advice to Young Converts over the Christmas break.  So when Robert Greene started his sermon on Sunday by mentioning Edwards’ Resolutions, I felt like I was having one of those “God moments.”  And Robert was right…Edwards’ resolutions are nothing like the ones above.

Out of the 70 resolutions, the one that stood out the most to me was #63.

On the supposition, that there never was to be but one individual in the world, at any one time, who was properly a complete Christian, in all respects…having Christianity always shining in its true luster…: Resolved, to act just as I would do, if I strove with all my might to be that one, who should live in my time.

Can you imagine starting your year off with that kind of thought?  “God, if there’s only one person on the planet this year who will truly honor you, I want to be that person.”  How do you go about trying to keep that resolution?

Well, I’m not Edwards.  My goals are admittedly a little less lofty than his.  However, like Edwards, I want to honor God with all my might.  Now, how do I go about doing that?  How can you go about doing that?

Here’s my suggestion:  Let’s start by listening to God.  Let’s go to the Bible and spend some time listening to God every day.  There’s no better way to hear his voice.  If you’ve missed the first 5 days, don’t worry. You’ve got 360 more and God’s not keeping score anyway.

May we all grow in the grace and knowledge of God in 2010, and may our times with God in the Bible help us to do so.


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