New Year to all,
first weeks of January, many of us will begin anew. New diets and exercise
regimens….New Bible studies and reading plans…New organization and time
management routines. We commit to
break bad habits, restore broken relationships, and be “better” people and
better Christ followers.
I believe most, like me, soon forget our good-intended resolutions. We mean
well. But life gets busy. We return to our old habits. To those activities
which are more familiar don't require so much sacrifice.
This year I aspire to something better….Something new.
What about you? Will you
join me in doing a new thing this year?
here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary
life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and
place it before God as an offering … Fix your attention on God. You’ll be
changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and
quickly respond to it … God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed
maturity in you.” (The Message)
year as the family of God in this place, let’s make a New Year’s offering
to God….A kind of pledge not just a resolution.
Because when we willingly offer our lives to God, God will change us.
The NIV translation of Romans 12:2 says, “…be transformed by the renewing
of your mind.” This renewing of our mind requires inward change and comes
from God at work in us. It will
require diligence on our part. It will require changing our thoughts, our
priorities, and goals to be aligned with those of Christ.
change is all about baby steps. And it doesn’t require changing everything
all at once. Let’s begin today with our first step … a simple prayer,
offering our hearts to God.
praise You this day as God my Creator. You are the Author of my life. You are
the Strength of my heart and my Portion forever. You are all I need. My
heart’s desire in this 2015 is to grow closer to You. In knowing You better,
I will know myself more because my identity is found in You.
I want to become a person after Your own heart. God, I ask You to help
me each day carve out time to spend with You. Give me eyes to see, ears to
hear, a heart to receive, and a mind to understand all that You will teach me.
Make my heart tender to hear Your voice each time I meet with You. Take Your
Word and penetrate my heart. Create a hunger deep inside my soul for more and
more of You. May nothing else satisfy me more than You. Give me a heart of
humility. If there is anything in me that keeps me from hearing You, reveal it
to me. Convict me. Cleanse my
heart and renew a right spirit within me so I can be in perfect fellowship
with You. Fill my heart with Your truth. Plant it deep so that it takes root.
Move me. Change me. Transform me. Empower me to live out what I hear and
learn. Every day of this year, make my life one long walk of obedience in
response to Your Word and Your Holy Spirit Who lives and reigns in me. Let
Your love and Your Word shape my life. This is my prayer offering. I ask this
in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
from a devotion from Proverbs 31 ministries