Happy New Year: An Opportunity To Examine Our Lives

We have entered a new year–2021. And it is that period New Year resolutions are made. Resolutions are good; they give us the opportunity to make adjustments to our lives. I am convinced you are going to — if you have not started already–write down resolutions for 2021.

I will too. I especially desire spiritual growth and maturity; and one of my resolutions will be to read through the Bible–old and new testament–in 2021. Is it something you would want to consider? I think you should. I have also being wishing others what I truly wish for myself. That I will be intentional, purposeful and fruitful in all I do. I have also tasked myself to believe God, dream big and attempt big things in this new year.

For the believer, a New Year is an opportunity to evaluate our lives to see how God glorifying we have been with our time, gifts, opportunities, work, etc in the past year.

Socrates, the Greek philosopher said “an unexamined life is not worth living”. Paul said “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith.” (2Corinthians 13:5). Examining our lives doesn’t only involve evaluation of past events. It also involves planning and making decisions for the future (Proverbs 6:6-11, Luke 14:28).

Planning and making decisions for the future however must be done in light of God’s Sovereignty. God is in charge of our lives and whatever we desire and plan for the future must bear that in mind. James tells us in James 4 that

¹³Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— ¹⁴yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. ¹⁵Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills , we will live and do this or that .”

Let’s work through this year especially as believers to live a life pleasing to God. We must be growing in all areas of our lives and most importantly in our Christian pilgrimage walk. And the best way to know this is to assess ourselves.

Happy New Year.

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