Your New Year’s Resolutions: Get your priorities right
Jesus offers two simple rules for anyone who wants to make changes in 2017.
What do you want to be when you grow up? Can you remember people asking you that when you were a kid?
When you were five years old, maybe your answer would have been:
- A superhero
- A marine biologist
- An X-wing fighter
- A garbage man
- A princess
- A fireman
- A nurse
Maybe you still don't know. Maybe you are still trying to work it out. But beyond your job description....what KIND of person do you want to be? Driven? Kind? Compassionate? Friendly? Helpful? Ambitious? Adventurous?
- What kind of friend?
- What kind of student?
- What kind of son or daughter?
- What kind of Christian?
These are good questions to ask yourself whether you are six years old or sixty.
What should my priorities be for the year ahead?
In Matthew 22:34-36, Jesus answers a similar question.
The scene: The religious leaders go into a huddle to talk tactics. And they come up with a plan of putting forward a legal expert to challenge Jesus understanding of the Jewish religious law - our Old Testament.
When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a questions to test Him. "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" In other words, what's the most important thing to do?
Jesus' answer was brilliant in it's simplicity:
- Love God
- Love Your Neighbour
The most important New Year's Resolution you could make
Jesus says THE most important thing is to be someone who loves God.
How much? Well, Jesus says to love God...
….with all of your heart
….with all your soul
….with all your mind.
And.....when you love God, this will have an impact on how to relate to other people.
God made us to love. So maybe the most important New Year's Resolution we could make this year is to:
GROW IN LOVE FOR GOD AND OTHERS
BUT.....how do we do that? Come back tomorrow to find out more.
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