Is Your New Year’s Resolution To Live A More Pleasing Christian Life? I Advise Against.

[A brief re-post from the archives.]

When you belong to Jesus, your life is always pleasing to God because the Spirit of Christ lives the life of Christ in you and for you. I know, you think you need to resolve to do better, that you are somehow falling short of God’s desire for you.

You’re not.

But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. (Romans 8:10.)

You are the righteousness of God because Jesus himself is the righteousness of God, and the Spirit of Christ is in you. And because of Jesus, your old life is gone and your new life is here now and completely righteous in Christ:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ … . God made him who had no sin to be a sin offering for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:17-18, 21.)

  • You are in Christ and Christ is in you.
  • Your old self is gone and your new self is here.
  • Christ is righteous and you have been given the righteousness of Christ.

That’s why I don’t bother myself with New Year’s resolutions. God has already resolved everything for me.

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2 Responses to Is Your New Year’s Resolution To Live A More Pleasing Christian Life? I Advise Against.

  1. James says:

    Interesting post. I was going to say I fall well short. In fact, you’d be horrified. I am when I pause to consider.

    Thanks for the encouragement.

    And onwards.

    Best wishes

    J

    • Tim says:

      Falling short is why Jesus came to save in the first place, right? He knew of your failings – and mine – and said, “That’s a guy I want to be with for eternity.”

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