GO • LOVE • LIVE Monthly
The First Monday of the month we send out a Devotional written by a staff member, leader or a key volunteer. This months devotional is below.
Happy New Year!
This is that time of the year that a lot of people make New Year’s Resolutions. That time of year that we try to gather up all our “will power” and make a change, but what if this year was different. What if this year we worried less about our “will power” and instead focused on our “why power.”
Next Sunday we will launch a new series “New You” about how to make 2019 our healthiest year yet, if you want that to be true for you as well, then join us on Sundays in January at 10:00 AM. You’ll be glad you did and don’t worry we will continue the “why power” conversation.
When it comes to resolutions we typically think about things we need to give up, things we need to “burn at the altar” and things we need to sacrifice, so that we can gain something.
We see this idea in scripture as well, let’s read it.
With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
You can see that it is easy to think of what we can bring to God, what we can do, what we can give up in order for God to be pleased with us.
We do this with our resolutions as well... We think about how to give up sweets so that we can fit into those jeans, stop careless spending so we have more money, stop yelling at our kids so they don’t yell back, quit gossiping about others so you quit finding yourself explaining yourself to others, etc.
Unless we have a big enough “Why” behind those goals we will likely fail.
This is what these verses are getting at... It doesn’t matter how much we do, how much we give, how much we sacrifice for God, if our heart isn’t behind it, then it is meaningless.
What if this year, no matter what our resolutions or goals are, we decided we wanted to do it all for God?
What if we decided we were going To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8).
Why? When God is our “why” then our how’s and what’s become much more attainable.
• How can you put God first today?
• What can you do to invite God into your resolution or goals for 2019?
• What will you do when you stumble and falter?
o How can God help in that?
• We would be honored to join you in this journey, simply send us your resolutions or goals and we will join you in praying for them. Simply email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
-Written by Andy Rainey