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Beyond New Year's Resolutions
Commitment to Christ
Jan Brown
Wednesday, December 1, 1999

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Key Bible Verse:

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ

(Philippians 1:9-10). Bonus Reading: Mark 8:34-35

Jonathan Edwards, the 18th-century revivalist, sat down at age 17 and penned 21 resolutions by which he would live his life. Throughout his lifetime he would add to this list until, by his death, he had 70 resolutions.

He put at the top of his list: "Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God's help, I do humbly entreat Him by His grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions. … Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week."

Edwards didn't casually make New's Year's resolutions with an expectation of eventually breaking them. Each week he did a "self-check." He regularly summed up how he was doing and sought God's help in the process.

Christ calls us to commit to actively work at becoming conformed to His image. This coming year resolve to be come a person committed to a godly transformation. If you faithfully do this, you will see your life begin to focus on the spiritual rather than on the passing, material world.

—Jan Brown in Connection

Personal Challenge

Like Edwards, write out what you resolve.

Thought to Apply

I have this day been before God and have given myself—all that I have and am—to God; so that I am in no respect my own. I have given myself clean away.


Credits: Adapted Connection (1/8/99)

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