2015 is in full swing! What do you have planned for this year? That's what I've been thinking about a lot lately. What can I do different? In what areas can I grow? Resolutions have got a bad rap, but is it bad to hope in something better or even greater?
A greater effort to lose more pounds. A greater effort to accomplish more. A greater effort to take your idea and make it a reality. A greater effort to become more grateful. A greater effort to overcome the mistakes of the past.
Do any of these apply to you? Striving is not bad. In fact its commendable. Paul the writer of the Book of Philippians put it this way:
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way... (Philippians 3:14-15 ESV)
You know what? If you have some things you want to accomplish in 2015, go for it! So what if they say most people never accomplish our New Years Resolutions. Without a resolution to move forward there would be no such thing as accomplishment.
But what about this thing, this prize that Paul is talking about?
Is he talking about financial blessings or that our life will actually go the way WE want it to go? No those are elementary concerns to Paul. The prize Paul is talking about is the "fullness of blessings and rewards in the age to come, most especially being in perfect fellowship with Christ forever."
That is Paul's greatest resolution&emdash;being made perfect in Christ. In fact, Paul is not even talking about anything that can be attained on this earth. He begins the passage with this statement:
"Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ has made me his own." (Philippians 3:12 ESV)
Paul recognizes that this Christian life is about constant growth. It is a life of one resolution; to make Jesus, Lord of every part of our lives because He has given us His life.
None of us are perfect—even though some of us try to act as if we are—we are all on a journey. A journey that's going to culminate at the glorious return of Christ, where it says "this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality." (1 Corinthians 15:53) A time "death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4 ESV)
I don't know about you but that seems like a worthwhile goal. May that be our ultimate resolution this year and next and every year after that!