Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.”—Psalm 51:10-11
The hustle and bustle of the Christmas season is now over with but now, there is a new rush: New Years. Many people spend the hours leading up to the new year partying and having a good time and the day following the clock turning over resting up from all the events and activities of the celebration. When all the celebra0ting is done and reality comes back, plans and goals are made about what to do or what to become in the next year and these resolutions are important to have for different reasons.
Resolutions are great to have because they give people something to look forward to. When a person has something to look forward to, they are more motivated and typically, happier. More so, resolutions are a form of investment in the individual. Yes, investment is a term typically used when we think of financial matters and rarely thought of when we discuss matters of personal development and growth and perhaps, even fewer see investment when speaking of religion and/or spirituality but when we see things from God’s word, we realize that we are investing in not just ourselves but in our future eternity.
The Bible is clear that Hell is a real place and even if we do not believe in it, we can still travel there. In fact, the Bible speaks more of Hell than it does of Heaven and when God’s word says something this many times, we are to take it seriously. Therefore, an investment in where we will spend eternity is one of the best investments we could ever make. When we invest in Christ, everything multiplies. We may not become financially rich but we prosper in many other ways including assurance of our salvation and while there may be Earthly risk(s), our efforts are leading us in what Christ explains as “stored up treasure” (Matthew 6:19-21).
A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.”—Proverbs 16:9