And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:10-14)
Can you believe it? It’s 2018 already! And it only seems like yesterday that we were remembering to write 2017 on our checks and correspondence. Another year has passed, and another new year is beginning. And that means, New Year’s Resolutions. Have you made yours? Even more importantly, will the resolutions you have made for this year, make your life better? Did you decide (like me, again) to lose weight, or get in shape? Or to better manage your finances? Did you make a resolution to go to church more or to spend more time with your family? To spend more time at work (I really hope that isn’t the case)?
What if, instead of all the things we probably will never do, we made a resolution to live a life worthy of the Lord, pleasing Him in every way? To make a resolution that would not only make 2018 a better year for us, but would have a powerful impact on our eternity as well? And that, that resolution wouldn’t depend so entirely on our own feeble resolve, but be empowered by God’s Holy Spirit? What impact would that make on your own life?
God’s Word (the Bible) is filled with FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions, for the non-techies out there) that will help us to discover what is pleasing to God. The Apostle Paul’s writings are especially great for this. This month, and perhaps for a little while longer, I will be studying, praying, and preaching from Colossians, a short four chapter book of the Bible that is jam-packed with useful teachings that will help us discover how to better connect with God, and figure out how to make meaningful resolutions.
Pleasing God is not so hard as it may seem. Pick up your Bible and read along, and you will surely be blessed by the answers it will provide.
Blessings my sisters and brothers! Pastor Ken