2015 has now passed and it is in the book of history. Today is the beginning of a brand new year for all of us who were given an opportunity to see the turn of another season in life. This is a time in which many will start the year by establishing New Year’s resolutions. For some it may mean losing weight, becoming fiscally responsible, or it may mean accomplishing other personal goals that were not achieved in 2015.
However, in the midst of the busyness of this new year, it is important for all of us to understand that the best way to start and to finish each year is to commit our ways unto the Lord. This is a message for both the Christian and the non-Christian. For those of us who are in Christ, the Bible makes it clear throughout many scriptures that our focus should be to seek the Lord in all that we do. This, in turn, means that our lifestyle will be pleasing unto Him as we live and walk by the Holy Spirit.
For those of you who are not in Christ, this is an open invitation for you to be redeemed through the blood of Jesus Christ by simply believing in your heart that Jesus is Lord. It also means that you must repent of your sins which begins the process of transforming your life from condemnation to redemption. The key is understanding that without Christ, your life is destined for destruction. However, Jesus died so that you would have life and have it abundantly.
The scripture that we should all focus on for daily guidance is that of Proverbs 16:3 which says:
(NLT) “Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.”
There are many who will have their own plans and goals for the new year, but the writer who is King Solomon encourages the reader to commit their ways or actions to the Lord. Why does King Solomon admonish us to do this? As the second part of verse 3 says, your plans will succeed.
The world often defines success based on monetary gain or even having material wealth. While there is nothing inherently wrong with having wealth, that does not define success in the eyes of God. What God is concerned with is whether or not you and I have surrendered our lives unto Him. Solomon says to commit your works or actions to the Lord.
By committing your actions to the Lord, you are first acknowledging God as Lord. This means He has free reign in your life. Many in our world today have forsaken God and traded in obedience for an aversion to secular humanism which is rooted in pride. By nature, we are prideful because of being born into sin.
However, the opposite of pride is humility which means to place yourself in a position where you are no longer in control. In this case, to be humbled under the hand of God is to admit that you need Him to succeed in this life. It also means that you are willing to act in submission unto God by choosing His ways over your own ways.
To commit your actions unto the Lord is to also reject sin regardless of the form it comes in. When you and I are in sin, we are operating in rebellion against God which means we are unable to commit our ways unto the Lord. However, repenting and turning away from your sin, you are then able to experience the fullness of God and everything that He has planned for you.
Proverbs 3:6 says:
(ESV) “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
What God desires from each of us is submission and acknowledgement. However, to do so, a choice must be made. In this coming year and every single day, there will be challenges as well as personal victories. Throughout our lives, God wants to have dominion so that He can show us the path that we should take. Having goals that you desire to accomplish is admirable.
At the same time, our goals should be aligned with God’s will so that He can direct us as we journey through life. 2015 was a year in which our world witnessed many tragedies at the hands of terrorists and criminals. It was a year that showed the very evil that satan represents. However, the safest place that anyone can be is in God through Jesus Christ.
The fact is that 2016 may very well show forth more violence and evil because according to Matthew chapter 24, we are living, in the End Times. Such things that include Earthquakes, violence, wars and rumors of wars must take place. Prophetically, the issues we see in our world must occur for Jesus Christ to return for His church.
However, it is the person whose life is anchored in Christ and who has decided to commit their actions unto the Lord who will benefit. God desires to know you and me through Jesus Christ. It is up to you to decide whether or not you will surrender your life. Surrender is never easy because it involves the destruction of your pride.
Today is the 1st day of 2016 which means all of us have an opportunity to start at the beginning. However, will you choose to do so without the guidance of God? In such dangerous times, no one can afford to live without Jesus Christ. To do so is taking a chance and that chance will ultimately lead to destruction.
Let your new year start off with Jesus at the center of your life. New Year’s resolutions come and go, however, a life that starts each year and each day with God at the helm is a life that is destined for success. You don’t have to live each day without the presence and guidance of God. Jesus died on the cross to save the world, which means the invitation is open to whoever desires.
Do you know Jesus in the pardon of your sins? Don’t enter this new year without accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Our world continues to erode both morally and spiritually, however, the answer to the woes of this world is Jesus Christ. Let your life be committed to God which will always result in success. May 2016 not only be a happy new year but also a new year that involves submission and commitment to God and His will for your life.