With the New Year comes the infamous New Year’s Resolution. Some will resolve to lose weight, manage their time better, save money, and a host of other things. While no one except the Father knows the time of the Lord’s coming; we do know, that He will come as a thief in the night so it behooves us to be ready (1 Thess 5:2, 2 Peter 3:10, Rev 16:15). Prayerfully our resolve is to be a better Christian than we were in 2010. The question then becomes, how many of us will be disciplined enough to commit to what it takes to achieve this goal, while encouraging others too?
It is impossible to become a better Christian and Servant of Christ, without reading, hearing and applying what has been learned to our daily walk. For the Scriptures say: “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”Rom 10:17.And that “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 2 Tim 3:16-17.
The Bible stands as the infallible word of God and only through contact with the Scriptures are Christians able to develop and grow our faith--so that we will be equipped to do every good work. Further, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6.
Finally, let us seek to draw closer to Him according to the word of God--that we exercise our zeal for God thru fervent study, discipline and personal application.As in 2 Pet 1:3-8
“seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence...5Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, 6and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, 7and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. 8For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”