The 1 Resolution Jesus Wants From You This New Year

There is something so fresh about a new year. The possibilities are endless and a clean slate is something that draws us to do more, be better, or finally cross off that nagging thing we always wish we could accomplish: i.e. lose weight, finish a project, get into the college you’ve always wanted. But, the bigger question for us as Christians, and those who claim Jesus as King in our lives, is what does He want us to accomplish this year? If He were writing our new years’ resolutions, what would be at the top of the list?

Turn to Luke 10:38-42. Do you remember what Jesus said to Martha? Martha invited Jesus over to her house. Can you imagine inviting Jesus to your house and He says, “Yes”? There would be so many things to prepare since He is only the King of Kings! What would you even give Jesus to eat? Large crowds always followed him, so you would have to serve them food as well. So as Martha was running around working as hard and as fast as she could, she sees her sister just sitting down, not lifting a finger to help. She told Jesus to have Mary get up and help her, but what was His response to Martha (v.41-42)? “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

Martha was worried and bothered by so many things. Were they good things? Yes, someone had to make the food so that the people could eat; but that was all that she was worried about. She focused on the earthly tasks instead of realizing that Jesus was here now! He was sitting at her home! His presence was more important than figuring out dinner plans.

Is His presence what you are most concerned about? Jesus uses the word “necessary” and I think that it is important to note. Only one thing is necessary in our life. We may think we need many things, but the one thing that Jesus says is necessary is His presence. He also says in Matthew 6:33, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” The “these things” that He is referring to are the things we think are necessary in life (what you will eat, drink, or wear). If you seek Him first, putting those concerns aside, He will take care of you. If we place our dreams, desires, goals, and plans for the New Year aside and resolve to seek His presence daily, then all of those things will be added.

Let’s face it. We live in a fast paced, immediately gratified, self-sufficient culture. Not convinced? Have you checked your Facebook, Instagram, E-mail, Tumblr, Vimeo, Google +, Linked-In, Pinterest, Blogs, and Twitter account today? Are you worried about the newest trends and making sure you look Pinterest perfect? Is the work you do for a career define who you are? Do you relate to Martha and are caught up in the daily worries and daily duties of life that you miss out on being with Jesus, just sitting at His feet and listening? Are you checking off the boxes on your list that may be good things for you to do, but are you getting so caught up in them that you’re missing Jesus’ presence and Him speaking in your life? The Creator of the Cosmos and the One who came as a babe entering into your mess and making you holy before the Father wants your time this year. He is worthy of your new year. He has a plan for you this year and already knows all of the details that will unfold. Do not give into the temptation of worry, business, and distraction. Listen, linger, and long for those moments you get to sit at His feet.

 

 Holly is a former intern who is passionate about God’s Word and people knowing it for themselves. As a wife and new mother her goal is to find joy and holiness in the beautiful mundane of life.

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One Response

01.18.13

I keep hearing so many things about being still. and waiting. Being still in His prescence is the sweetest part of our relationship with Him-so why is that the HARDEST thing sometimes??? Jesus is the goal. The means AND the end. This post was great <3

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