A resolution for the New Year (2021) is one that I have made for the past few years and that’s to get closer with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This resolution is one that I am serious about and is in no way some type of sign that I do not have a real relationship with Him right now. In fact, a Christian’s relationship with Christ is one that continues to grow and mature rather than being content with.

This is actually something that I see too often and, unfortunately, a situation that I was guilty of. Rather than growing in Christ after I accepted Him, I became content or satisfied with where I was in my relationship with Christ which is good but we must continue to grow. Too many people treat their relationship with Christ like they do their relationship with a significant other in that they stop growing.

2 Corinthians 5:17 is clear: “Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” In Christ, we are new creatures and old things are no more and being in Christ means that there is a real relationship and all relationships require maintenance. We cannot say that we are in God but our relationship with God suffers. Satan has too many people believing and/or living a lie.

2 Peter 3:18 is straight forward: “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” God is clear that His people suffer and are destroyed because of a lack of knowledge and this includes growth: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children” (Hosea 4:6).

God wants us to be close with Him and that includes coming to Him each and every day. He does not want us to come to Him only when we need something which is not much of a relationship. Imagine only wanting your significant other when you need something and sadly, this is something that is constant in our constant which is one reason why the divorce rate is out of control which is one more reason why I have vowed to grow closer with God this year: “Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6).

This is a resolution that I have made regardless if I walk alone. There are many millions and billions of Christians walking this Earth and growing in Christ but there are millions and millions of Christians who are lukewarm in their relationship with God. Instead of growing in their walk with God and continuing to become more, they are happy in just enough and while this is okay with Satan, it is not okay with God. God wants more which is why He fought so hard for each of us. The great thing about God is even if a Christian rejects to grow for years, the very moment that they desire a real relationship with God, He is there waiting as though the Christian never went anywhere.

Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

-PSALMS 1:1-3

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Written by Billy Ray Parrish


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