Many people see the new year as an opportunity to turn over a new leaf, and so the first of the year becomes a time to set goals and make resolutions.
Most resolutions focus on the here and now; few address eternal matters. While it is beneficial to give some focus to strengthening our physical bodies, it should not come at the cost of neglecting our eternal souls. We must not create a to-do list of projects to improve our houses while failing to consider how we will sow into our heavenly dwelling places.
It is easy to become distracted by earthly concerns. It is easy to focus on the daily details of life—what to wear, what to eat, and what to drink. However, Jesus reassures us, “[Y]our heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:32-33). When we focus on the eternal, God provides for the temporal.
It is a teaching that is very counter-cultural today as many believers focus on building a successful life and legacy here on earth. Yet Jesus tells us, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).
When we commit our resolutions and resources now to the ministry of the Gospel, we impact lives for eternity.
Are there earthly concerns distracting you from eternal matters? This fresh new year is an excellent time to make a commitment to pray each day for God’s help to stay focused on the Kingdom of God and His righteousness—the resolution of all resolutions.
Prayer: Father, as I enter this new year, please help me to fix my eyes upon You and Your Kingdom. Thank You for taking care of all I need. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life” (1 Timothy 6:18-19).
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