A Commitment Not a Resolution
I have never liked making New Year’s resolutions but instead prefer to make commitments and establish goals that I can measure and evaluate my progress. As I think about the year 2014, I want to make sure that I am making commitments and setting goals that will help me to grow in my relationship with the Lord. I so want my life to honor God and to do so will require that I continually allow God to examine my heart and my motives. God’s inspection process is critical for all of us to know where we are in the Lord.
Several years ago, PGA golfer Payne Stewart died in a plane crash caused by the loss of cabin pressure during flight that rendered everyone unconscious. The plane flew quite awhile before crashing with everyone unconscious. If you had been on the ground that day while the plane flew like that, everything would have looked fine from the outside but things were terribly wrong on the inside.
This same thing can happen in our spiritual lives. If we as Christians are not pursuing God, things can look fine on the outside but inside we can be on the road to some serious issues. When we do not give God 100% of our devotion, we have begun to accept a substandard form of Christianity. Jesus addressed this issue in Revelation 3:15-16. In these verses, He declared: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you we were cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.”
As I have pondered these verses, my goal for 2014 is to not allow myself to be content with a half-hearted commitment to God. I do not want to measure my commitment to the Lord based on all that is around me but instead be devoted to Him with a passion.
We get very down on our sports teams when they do not give 100% in their efforts. However, we as Christians regularly do the same in our relationship with God. I know this for one because statistics tell us that 95% of all evangelical Christians never share their faith.
E. M. Bounds once stated that a “lack of spiritual heat creates more infidelity than a lack of faith.” In other words, when we do not have a passion for God it is often replaced by a passion for other things in our life. Would you pray for me this year that I will pursue the Lord in my life as never before? I will be praying for you the very same thing.
Finally, I want to remind you to make sure that you reenroll in January for next school year. Outside demand is at an all time high and I want to ensure that you secure your spots in January and not lose them when we open to the public the first week of February.