By R. W. McAlister
A song we often sing when an invitation to obedience is extended
is, “I Am Resolved.” It speaks of commitment to Christ and verse 1 says,
“I am resolved no longer to linger, charmed by the world’s delight;
things that are higher, things that are nobler, these have allured my
Verse 2 speaks of being resolved to turn to Christ, and leaving behind sin and strife.
Verse 3 tells of daily, faithful service and obedience to the
Savior, while in verse 4, the resolution is made to enter the Kingdom,
choosing God and Heaven over sin and friends.
What resolutions have you made – or plan to make – in 2013? Some of
the most popular ones are to: lose weight, save more money, stop
cursing, spend more time with family, criticize others less, and read
the Bible more.
While all of these are worthy goals (especially reading the Bible
more), I want to suggest a few things that go beyond weight loss and
1. Resolve to set spiritual goals. “If ye then be risen with
Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the
right hand of God. 2Set your affection on things above, not on things on
the earth” (Col. 3:1-2). Some examples: Resolve to attend all the
services of the Lord’s church (Heb. 10:24-25). If you’re not giving back
to God at least as much as was required under the Old Law, resolve to
increase your contribution (Lev. 27:30-33; I Cor. 16:1-2). Study your
Bible more (II Tim. 2:15; II Pet. 3:18). Understand that fellowshipping
denominations is sinful (Eph. 5:11) and study the Bible’s teaching on
that subject (I Cor. 1:10; II Cor. 6:17)
These are only three examples, maybe you can think of more, but the
point is to set a spiritual goal for 2012. One thing is certain: if you
aim at nothing, you’ll hit nothing.
2. Resolve to be right with God. Are you sure of your salvation? If
Jesus were to return in the next few seconds, would you have confidence
of your eternal security? Have you obeyed the Gospel? Endless doom
awaits those who haven’t (II Thess. 1:6-9). What profit is there if you
gain the whole world, but lose you soul? What would you give in exchange
for your soul (Mt. 16:26)? Repent and be baptized if you’ve never done
so (Acts 2:38). If you’re a wayward Christian, repent and pray God’s
forgiveness (Acts 8:22). “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands
of the living God” (Heb. 10:26-31).
3. Resolve to do more for others. Be more of a peacemaker (Mt.
5:9). New Testament Christians live in a spiritually lost and dying
world, so share the Gospel more (Mt. 28:19-20).
Focus more heavily on a stronger commitment to Christ (Mt. 6:33;
Gal. 2:20). Encourage others and build them up (Rom. 14:19). If you
think your congregation needs a better preacher or better elders or
deacons, pray for them (I Tim. 2:8; I Tim. 2:1-3). Be an encourager, not
As we begin this new year, let’s not limit our resolutions to
losing weight and saving more money, let’s establish goals that are
really important! Let’s grow “in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ” (II Pet. 3:18). Resolve to put your faith in God and
expect to do great things through His Son in 2012 (Phil. 4:13).
- R. W. McAlister preaches for the Anna Church of Christ in Anna,
IL.He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.annachurchofchrist.com/