January is here along with a host of New Year’s Resolutions from people all around the world. January 1st seems to be a catalyst for people to examine their lives and focus on improving themselves through some type of life style change. If humans are nothing else, they can sure be fickle. People who study such things tell us that by the end of January, most new year’s resolutions are long forgotten. Old habits are hard to break. It’s like the old story of the man who wanted to make some changes in his financial habits. He called his bank to pay off his Master Card account and asked, “Do you take VISA?” The problem with turning over a new leaf is after we’ve done it for the second time, we’re right back where we started.
For believers in Jesus Christ, change is a part of our EVERY DAY lives. Romans 12:1,2 spells it out, Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
We are called to be “Living” sacrifices and we must be transformed by God by “the renewing of your mind.” We are supposed to be renewed and resolved everyday, not just on January 1st. I’m excited about what God can do through a church full of transformed people. May your 2019 be a remarkable time of daily transformation and renewal!