I wish, my brothers and sisters, that during this year you may live nearer to Christ than you have ever done before. Depend upon it, it is when we think much of Christ that we think little of ourselves, little of our troubles, and little of the doubts and fears that surround us. - Charles Spurgeon
Each new year anticipates grand resolutions. Most are predictable: lose weight, read more, save money, get organized! They tend to focus on what we do and are easily measurable.
In the Upper Room Jesus instructed His disciples, and His words provide us with the basis for higher goals in 2024. This year consider setting your sights on resolutions that will change your heart, not just your actions.
Love one another (John 13:34). Get along with one another. Give more than you take in relationships.
Let not your hearts be troubled (John 14:1) This world overflows with troubling events; however, as Christians, our identity is in the world to come. With the end secure, we remain concerned but not fearful.
Keep my commandments (John 14:15). The evidence of our love for God is found in our conformity to the commands of His Word.
Abide in me (John 15:4). Connect with God. He provides the stability, nourishment, growth, and fruitfulness we need.
Your Joy may be full (John 15:11). Remember God’s amazing love for us and affirm His ultimate victory over sin. These provide the joy that overwhelms our disquieting circumstances.
This year, set goals that will last into eternity: love, peace, obedience, connection, and joy.
Author & President
Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc