By Rev. Jon Benson
Word of Life Church, Upsala
Here we are, at the halfway point through the first month of 2012, and I am wondering just how many New Year’s resolutions have already fallen by the wayside. On New Year’s Day I shared with my congregation in Upsala some lists of “Top Ten Resolutions.”
Here is one of them, taken from Goalsguy.com: 1. Lose weight and get in better physical shape; 2. stick to a budget; 3. debt reduction; 4. enjoy more quality time with family and friends; 5. find my soul mate; 6. quit smoking; 7. find a better job; 8. learn something new; 9. volunteer and help others; and 10. get organized.
Another list, taken from the usa.gov Web site, lists the following resolutions as being popular year after year: Drink less alcohol; eat healthy food; get a better education; get a better job; get fit; lose weight; manage debt; manage stress; quit smoking; reduce, reuse, and recycle; save money; take a trip; volunteer to help others.
All of the above listed resolutions are good, and may even lead us to live healthier and happier lives. However, there is one resolution that I chose to emphasize on New Year’s Day that wasn’t listed on any of the popular Web sites. Instead this resolution I found highlighted in the pages of the Old Testament in the Bible. In Joshua 24 we read these words of exhortation that were given to the Israelite nation: “Choose you this day whom you will serve … As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
If you are someone who knows how great the love of God is for you — that he sent his one and only son to be your savior, the best resolution that you can make is this:
“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Will you commit yourself to serving the Lord this year? Remember, serving the Lord does not require a degree in theology. Serving the Lord requires only that an individual is willing to live out the words are in Colossians 3:23 and 24, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”
The resolution to “serve the Lord” is a resolution worth making. It is a resolution worth keeping and working at each and every day.