Many of us look at New Years Day as a mile marker, or the first page in a new book. We say it’s a day to renew our purposes and make resolutions. It can be all of those things. But, so can every day. Mostly it’s artificial. Just another eddy in a river that will flow on whether we want it to or not (see Ecclesiastes).
Most of the time, it makes me think about… time. Things I’ve done or haven’t done. Misplaced priorities. Things I want to do more or less of in the time God has left for me.
“The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act into judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.” – Ecclesiastes 12:14.
That kind of crystalline perspective should probably lead to New Year’s resolutions. But for some reason I can’t do it. Not because I’m too punk rock or think that resolutions are knee-jerk or artificial or cliche or stale or misguided. They’re cool. I just don’t need one more thing at which to fail. I let myself down enough, and nothing good comes from me. But there is One who makes new people, new days and new years.
“And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” – Revelation 21:5-8
If you have not accepted Christ, that long list of very bad things (which, apart from Christ, each one of us are in some way) can disappear when you take them to the cross and turn your life over to Him. One year, one day, time itself will end and there will be judgment. We must know who we are ‘dealing with.’ But if we are Christians, we can also know and rest in the One who is dealing with us. He said. “It is finished.” His resolution is always for us to come to Him and we will no longer need to white-knuckle our way resolutely through life.
Renewing dedication and duty to the Lord is always a good thing for us, no matter when the need is realized and if we have believed into Him we can be “confident of this, that he who began a good work in (us) will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:6.