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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

New Year Resolutions

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-I saw a recent article that listed the five most popular resolutions made most every year. The fifth was to take up a new hobby, the fourth was to make more money or get out of debt, the third most popular resolution was to improve relationships, the second was to stop smoking; and the most popular New Yearís resolution? You guessed it, losing weight.

A woman walked into her bathroom at home. As she did, she saw her husband weighing himself on the bathroom scales, sucking in his stomach. The woman thought to herself, "He thinks that he will weigh less by sucking in his stomach." So, the woman rather sarcastically said to her husband, "Thatís not going to help." Her husband said, "Sure it will. Itís the only way I can see the numbers."

Often this time of year, after the overindulgence of the holidays we make resolutions to change our habits and our way of life. A new year gives us an opportunity to start fresh and better ourselves. But by the middle of January we somehow forget our resolutions and go back to our old ways.

There is, however, one resolution we cannot forget. And that is the resolution we as a church made to be passionate about telling people about Godís forgiveness through his Son Jesus Christ. This church makes no bones about the fact that we are actively trying to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others.

So hereís the New Yearís resolution I want to encourage Lincoln Christian Church people to make for 2012. LETíS RESOLVE TO SHARE JESUS CHRIST WITH SOMEONE.

Jesus said in Matthew 28:19 ďTherefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.Ē

How can we best share Jesus with another?

Be Authentic

There is nothing that turns people off to the gospel more than phony Christians. A major temptation for us is to try to cover up, to act pious and religious...to pretend we are more holy than we are.

Rick Warren suggests that there are four ways that Christians can treat people. First he says you can treat them like, "Iím okay, and youíre okay." The second ways is, "Iím okay, but youíre not okay." The third way is, "Iím not okay, but youíre okay." The final approach he suggests is this, "Iím not okay, and youíre not okay." Rick concludes, "The New Testament teaches that: Iím not okay, youíre not okay. But because of Jesus thatís okay."

Be Passionate

Someone once said, ďOne man with conviction is worth more than 99 with opinions.Ē Your belief in Jesus has to be passionate in order to be contagious.

In Jeremiah 20 the prophet Jeremiah described the words of God as a fire in his heart. He wrote, ďHis word is in my heart a fire shut up in my bones, I am weary of holding it in, indeed I cannot.Ē (20:9) Remember that Pointer Sisters song, ďIím so excited, I just canít hide it, Iím about to lose control and I think I like it.Ē Thatís how Christians should be about Jesus. Enthusiastic for Jesus.

Be Urgent       

Paul said, ďWe implore you on Christís behalf, now is the time of Godís favor, now is the day of salvation.Ē (2 Corinthians 5:20) We implore you, sounds urgent doesnít it?

Its okay to set New Yearís resolutions that will make life better for you or your loved ones. But donít forget to make the better resolutions too. Like to take another to heaven with you.

[Ron Otto, Lincoln Christian Church]

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