Are New Year Resolutions really needed or are they just another meaningless distraction or valueless piece of season’s trivia we are accustomed to living with? I tend to think that anything that provokes us to fresh choices is a golden opportunity for improvement and divine restoration. A recession-proof resolution helped Daniel to not just survive but be relevant, influential and thrive through several regimes of Kings – though a stranger in Babylon. Others are mute and refuse to take a stand when Elijah pleaded.
Daniel 1 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: I Kings 18 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
You can make a quality choice anytime but why not at this time – to go even higher with God to opt for the deeper spiritual life and rise above that which is carnal and shallow – with the help of the Holy Spirit and the guidance of the word of God. What does this choice for the consecrated life imply?
A few issues are pertinent for the one who resolves to come up higher.
1. The spiritual life does not mean isolation or lack of activity – but a stronger resolve to be led not by the senses and human reasoning alone, but to lean more on God for direction. Moses did not rest in the tabernacle…instead he stepped into his destiny of leadership. It was not easy.
2. Resistance from the enemy of our soul will surely come in many forms. i.e.
a. Compelling voices that the deeper life is not practical and is not for you
b. Easier and shorter-cuts that promise depth on a “broader” way will be tempting
c. Wrong choices with generous rewards attached – not easy to turn down – are presented.
d. Our intellect will be supplied with arguments that contradict scripture…our senses bombarded with thoughts to corrupt our mind and resist truth.
3. But God will keep us as only He can – if we lean and depend on Him. Trusting Him alone.
In 2011, you can make a firm choice for God. When Elijah challenged the people to decide against Baal, we learn that they did not say a word. Indeed it was easier to stay on the fence like many of us do today. Perhaps so that our lives would be easier and we would not be exposed to ridicule, persecution or called a hypocrite, legalist or labelled with worse tags. Make a recession-proof Christian Resolution in 2011.
God stood for Daniel – even in the lion’s den – as he made a firm choice. God bless you as you make a fresh resolution of consecration to Him.
Bode Ososami (blog author) released his 3rd book (now available) in December – The Majesty of God.