Pastor Eric Toleafoa says ask God to help you grow closer to Him in the coming months – and to show you how to do that. Picture: Biblword/23010511
The encouragement for each of us as we begin this new year is to be sure of your commitment to God, writes Pastor Eric Toleafoa from the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Just recently, I asked some friends, what their goals were for the New
One of them said, “I’m over planning any new year resolutions because I know
I am not able to keep them, I end up frustrated and disappointed. So, I thought
why do I bother when I never end up achieving it anyway”.
Many of us put plans together and most of the time we fail to see them
through. We end up giving up and going back to being satisfied with the status
quo and not allowing for positive improvements to take place.
The Apostle Paul said, “Not that I have … already been made perfect, but
I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”
The encouragement here is for us to press on and not to give up so
easily! After all, the reason for making new year resolutions i.e. to stop drinking,
stop smoking, exercise more, be positive, have a healthy lifestyle, plus other personal
improvement areas is because people genuinely want to live better lives, to make
a difference, and that can be a good thing … the alternative to stay the way you
are and doing the same things means you deprive yourself of the necessary growth
that each of us need.
But there is a hidden element involved here. Yes, we want our lives to
be different and so does God! He does not want you to be the same person a year
from now that you are today. He wants to change you from within, taking away
the things that are not right and filling you with things that will help you to
grow and make a difference, with love, compassion, patience, to where you
become a person of peace for others. The Apostle Paul said, “Not that I have…already
been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus
took hold of me.” (Philippians 3:12).
during the past year, we did not allow God to be first in all things of life.
Maybe we have become complacent toward Him or lack the desire for a personal
relationship with Him as He requires of us. We must remember that God loves us
and as Psalm 145:18 explains, He is near to all who
call upon Him.
we humbly seek God’s face in the new year, we must call out to Him as the
psalmist wrote in Psalm
139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try
me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me
in the way of everlasting.” Then in Psalm 51:10
he writes this prayer, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a
steadfast spirit within me.”
The encouragement for each of us as we begin this new year is to be sure of your commitment to God. Then ask Him to help you grow closer to Him in the coming months – and to show you how to do that. Do not be satisfied to being the same person you have always been but put God first and learn to walk with Him every day.
Enjoy the weekend with your families and friends, keep safe, but most of all be encouraged!