I’ve been more surprised each year at the number of people who make no New Year’s Resolutions. I get it, I suppose. For the most part, they are laughable. Only 40% of Americans will make New Year’s Resolutions this week and only about 40% of them will actually still be working on them 6 months from now. So, why even bother? Life is pretty good. If it happens, it happens, right?
I believe Jesus wants us to set God-honoring, God-sized, God-glorifying goals for ourselves. See what Solomon writes in Proverbs 16:1, 3…
We can make our own plans,but the Lord gives the right answer. Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.
Making plans and taking action is not bad. In fact, it is assumed among God’s people. However, we only do this so that The Lord can adjust, guide and bring the success that will bring Him glory.
Therefore, we need to know where to start. This can be daunting. Are you really going to lose weight? Are you really going to fast from social media for 12 months? Here are a few categories and questions to consider in 2020 for life change as you embrace The Gospel of Jesus… (As outlined in our sermon last Sunday.)
- How will you be more into God’s Word this year? Not just for information, but for transformation?
- We all know we need to pray more, but how will you do that this year?
- Is this the year that you commit to the local church to change the world through Jesus?
- How will you pursue intimacy with The Lord?
- Where will you go on mission this year? (You can check out our 2020 opportunities here)
- Who do you need to attempt reconciliation with this year?
- Who do you need to serve more this year? Your roommate? Your spouse? A neighbor? A family member?
- Personal Holiness
- Read Galatians 5:22-23 and see which areas you need to seek The Spirit’s work in your life?
- Why are you going to work? For yourself or for The Kingdom?
- Is work keeping you from the Great Commission?
- Is it time to put the phone away more this year to focus on your relationship with The Lord?
- Do you need to become a little more comfortable with technology so you can use it to make more disciples?
- Loving of Cultures
- How will you get to know people who are different from you this year?
- How will you be intentional in your cultural experiences and avoid wanderlust?
- Are you physically healthy enough to do what God is calling you to do in 2020?
- Is debt holding you back from making disciples?
- Are you using your money to make disciples?
How will you leverage your life for The Gospel in 2020?