January 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
Do you hold your plans with an open hand? By that I mean, do you view God as a consigner on the plans that you make in life, or do you view him as the author of your life. Do you bring your five year plan before God, give him a 10 minute proposal with spiritual powerpoint attached, trying to convince him that indeed your plan for life would not only benefit you, but it would benefit his kingdom as well? God is not your cosigner, he is your king. You are his steward. Are you interested in God’s plan for your life? As you face the New Year and its inevitable resolutions, hopefully this article will give you some more perspective on how to seek God in the new year. Maybe too, you will begin to make resolutions with stewardship in mind.
You know it’s a new year when every commercial on TV is an ad for either gym memberships or diet supplements. Then, of course, there are all the magazines whose covers are littered with ideas and products for organizing the home. Office supply stores are stocked with calendars and systems to keep schedules on track and organized. And everyone is talking about their goals and resolutions for the year.
I’ve made many resolutions over the years. There was the time I resolved to cut out caffeine (it didn’t last). Another year I decided I wanted to develop a green thumb (I didn’t). One year I resolved to write more poetry (only a handful was produced). Then there was the year I decided I wanted to read all the works of C. S. Lewis, until I discovered just how many books he actually wrote!
In all seriousness, it’s a good thing to set goals and work toward them. We ought to be purposeful, intentional, and determined in the way we live. We don’t want to waste a second of the brief time God grants us on this earth. The apostle Paul spoke of his own work toward his life’s goal in Philippians 3:12-14:
“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”