Almost everybody who's anybody makes New Year's resolutions...and then forgets them within a couple weeks. There is one resolution that everyone should make and never forget. Find out what it is here.
There are multiple activities that people do on New Year’s Eve. Inviting the congregation over for a celebration, staying up until midnight playing games, eating all kinds of sugary sweets, and watching the ball drop in New York City on T.V. are a few things that my family does. One tradition that is widely practiced on New Year’s Eve is making resolutions, deciding on what you plan to achieve in the New Year.
Most of our New Years resolutions are things like losing weight, getting a job, saving money, eating healthier, etc. Usually those resolutions are forgotten after a few months, if not in a few weeks. Although those resolutions aren’t bad, there are a few that everyone should have that are nearly impossible to forget. We should magnify God and make our lives revolve around Him.
To magnify something means to “praise highly, to cause to be held in greater esteem or respect, to enlarge in fact or appearance.” To magnify God, we can praise Him and, in doing so, cause others to praise Him. We can honor Him by obeying His will, walking in His steps, taking up our cross and following Him. By standing up for Jesus, it causes us to magnify Him.
An example from the Bible of someone magnifying God is Dorcas. She magnified Him in her work and good life (Acts 9:36-42). When she died many were weeping, no doubt because they would miss such a wonderful servant of God. Her death became an opportunity for God to show His great power when Peter raised her from the dead. As a result of all of this, many believed in Christ.
The reason as to why it’s nearly impossible to forget to magnify God and make our lives revolve around Him is that we have a daily reminder. Everywhere I look I am reminded of God. A person can see God in this world without ever using their eyes. Sir Isaac Newton said, “I can take my telescope and look millions and millions of miles into space, but I lay it aside and go into my room, shut my door, get down on my knees in earnest prayer, and see more of heaven and get closer to God than I can assisted by all the telescopes…on earth.”
We can also see God in nature. When I look up at the sky on a clear night and see thousands of stars, I am reminded of how awesome our Creator is, how powerful He is, and how important it is to magnify Jesus Christ. Paul wrote, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). We can see God in our blessings also. Evidences of God’s goodness are all around us (James 1:17).
Our New Year’s resolution should be to magnify God and make our lives revolve around Him. We can magnify Him by praising God and standing up for Jesus Christ. “Stand for what is right, even if it means standing alone.” Make sure that you aren’t making your life all about worldly things like sports, school, or any other activities that could easily take God’s spot in your life. Make time to study the Bible every day; if you don’t have time, make time. Studying God’s Word is far more important than any other worldly thing. “The Bible is meant to be bread for daily use, not cake for special occasions.” I challenge you to make this your New Year’s resolution and see how much it impacts your life in a good way.
By: Jennifer Odom
My name is Jennifer Odom and I've been a Christian since October 2011. I'm a 19-year-old sophomore at Freed-Hardeman University. I like reading, crocheting, and Bible journaling. My favorite verse is Philippians 1:21. I write for Tomorrow's Church, Today and am the editor for Beyond the Foam. I hope to speak at several ladies days, become a music teacher, get involved with mission work, and bring as many people as I can with me to heaven. Stepping in Light is affiliated with the church of Christ.