Nathan Del Turco | Young Adults Pastor
I remember exactly where I was when I first heard about the Y2K-Bug scare of 1999. (For those of you under 30, you may need to Google it). I was walking home with my step-father from the Wal-Mart near our house. He explained the imminent doom (or so he believed) that was about to shock the world. Everything was about to change. December 31st rolled around and anxiety was at it’s peak. My family, along with several others across the globe prepared for the worst by cleaning out local grocery stores, storing up water, and even buying ammunition/weapons. Am I the only person that had “THAT” kind of family?
January 1st. Nothing happened. I mean nothing. No global technology crash, no glitches in the system, and no zombies. #Awkward
“New Year” has a way of getting to us. I mean, the name alone brings a lot of pressure doesn’t it? “NEW Year”. There’s a saying that’s become popular in our culture that we tend to say often… “New Year, New Me”. Of course our intentions in saying this is honest enough. We recognize an inherent need to grow and become better than what we are, and we (to the best of our ability) wrap it up in this simple phrase, “New Year, New Me.” New diet, new exercise regimen, new outlook, a new tenacity to get out of debt, etc.
The problem? Most of us only keep these goals a short amount of time and they rarely have any long lasting value. And then in routine fashion, we meet the next December with a confident “New Year, New Me!”
What if this year we resolved to make resolutions that have a significant impact?
Don’t mishear me. I think making goals and approaching the future with excitement and tenacity is something we should all do. I truly believe that when we know Jesus personally, and live by His spirit we can approach all of the days ahead with a sense of adventure and anticipation, knowing that whatever we face the best is yet to come.
But back to my question.What if this year we resolved to make resolutions that have a significant impact?
In the book of Ephesians 1:15-19 MSG, Paul says this, “That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!”
I love this. Paul is saying something profound but simple here. Don’t miss it. It’s like he’s saying, “I’m so thankful for what God is doing among you! I pray for you constantly. BUT, I also advocate on your behalf. I ask that God would allow you to do these 3 things.. 1. Know him personally. 2. Take notice of what He’s doing in you and all around you. 3. Take hold of what He has put in front of you so you can step into your glorious future.” I’m paraphrasing, but you get the idea.
I’ve always found it interesting that he has this conversation. I mean, the church in Ephesus already knows Jesus right? Why does he pray for them to know Him personally? And aren’t they living out their calling? Why is he praying that they would see more clearly to take notice and then take hold of their glorious future?
Great questions! 😉
I think if we’re honest, we could all admit that we need this to be our resolution, DAILY. It’s as if Paul understood the importance of us constantly placing the most important things in front of us. My goal for this year is to seek these 3 things as my resolutions. My hope and prayer for myself, my family, and for you as you read this is that we would (more than we did yesterday) know Him personally, notice what he’s doing in and around us, and that we would take hold of our glorious future!