The New Year is a time for making resolutions and vows for a variety of things; from eating healthier or exercising to becoming a better person or spending more time with family. Often those resolutions only last a few weeks or months, partly because they lack conviction. Those are all great things to do and strive for, but when sacrifice is required they begin to seem a little less important. I think another part of the problem is motive. Most resolutions have little, if any, grounding or personal pull. It’s just a nice idea. But I want to make a challenge that should precede all others: Determine to live for God.
This should be our motive for everything thought, word and action. Our entire lives should be built around that one principle.
1 Corinthians 10:31 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
This is our ultimate created purpose, the founding motive and driving force behind all of us. Or at least it was meant to be. But along the way we have become…sinful. Selfish. We have decided to follow our hearts instead of our God. We have decided to serve self instead of God. We live to please self instead of God. Even the good things we do, community service, church service, generosity, are nothing if we do not do it out of love for God.
That is why so many addicts can’t stay quit, and why religion based support groups are the most effective. God has to be behind it all. He has to be the reason for it all. Otherwise it will all be in vain. It will all be meaningless. It will all be empty.
So as you go about the beginning of a New Year, a time to proverbially start over, think about this question. Let it be the basis of your resolutions, and your life, from now on. How will you live for God?