Many of us naturally take time to reflect on our circumstances and evaluate ourselves at the dawn of a new year.
What needs attention? Is there anything I need to purge? Am I neglecting something that deserves more focus and energy? How are my priorities? Am I managing my time most effectively? Is my perspective healthy and balanced?
Above and beyond all other resolutions for the new year, do you want to lead a God-shaped life in 2017? If so, today’s Bible reading reveals the mindset you will need.
For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. (2 Cor 11:2-3)
In order to lead a life shaped by God, I must have a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. What does this mindset look and sound like?
I am not my own. I have been betrothed. I am Christ’s and Christ is mine.
As one betrothed, I have the privilege and obligation to keep myself pure for him. I pledge to keep my mind, spirit, body, and reputation pure for his name’s sake.
My thoughts will be led by whatever or whomever I give my attention, focus, and energy. Someone reigns on the throne of my heart. If that person is anyone other than Christ–including me–my thoughts and allegiance will be led astray from where they were designed to be. I resolve that first and foremost, my thoughts will be led in paths of righteousness. Therefore, I will lead and feed my mind with God’s word, prayer, and humble meditation, day by day.
I am devoted to Christ. I will sincerely seek first his kingdom and his righteousness in 2017.
Above and beyond all other resolutions for the new year, do you want to lead a God-shaped life in 2017? If so, use 2 Corinthians 11:2-3 to set your mind on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.