Every January we gather hope and expectation for the coming year. We resolve, “This is the year I will lose that extra weight.” We resolve, “This is the year I will complete that project.” We resolve, “This year will be different. I will be different.” We make our resolutions and we set our course, hoping the New Year will be better than the last.
For most of us, resolutions become a stumbling block or a reminder of our weaknesses. What if there is a better approach to the New Year and to resolutions?
James 1:17- 18, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of His creation.”
God’s greatest gift, Jesus Christ has made every day a new day. In Him we experience a new year every day. We don’t have to hope for the best, we have been given the best. And in Jesus Christ we have been given the freedom to follow Him where he leads.
This January we will be learning much about Jesus, His family, and resolutions through James. Why James?
James teaches us what’s most important to Jesus. James reveals the priorities of Jesus’ family. James helps us discover resolutions worthy of our attention. In Christ, we resolve because we are in His family and know whom to follow.