We tend to make resolutions at the beginning of each year, and often we fail to stick to that vow each year. This year, in 2012, we should make a resolution to be in service to Christ.
1) The future is not dictated by the past. It’s not about what you did 10 years ago. Paul had a strict Jewish background, heredity and education to boast of to his peers, but he put that all behind him to follow Christ, as it did not bring him salvation. He says later in Ephesians, that it’s not about your works, that we would boast. What are you doing now?
2) The future is determined by what is done in the present. Paul counts all his noble background as rubbish in comparison to knowing Christ. We know Christ by studying the Bible. That is how God speaks to us. Are you spending time in the Bible each day? Perhaps that would be a good New Years resolution.
Paul also says that he wants to know Christ through his suffering. Paul knew that when you pursue Christ I your life, it will it you into opposition with this world. You should stick out like a sore thumb at your school or place of work, if you live like your life is dedicated to Christ.
Today after church, many will be watching Athletic football players give their all on the field, while they sit at home on the couch eating junk food. Unfortunately, many churches find themselves in this same position – sitting on the sidelines when we should be in the game. Serving others, sharing Christ….making a difference for Christ in our sphere of influence.
3) The future demands an eternal future perspective. We should strain to reach the goal set before us by our Creator. Are our eyes fixed on the eternal prize (our ultimate destination) or are we looking at the here and now?