Whenever a New Year approaches, many people consider making resolutions about how they intend to do things differently in the coming year. Christians often make promises to make changes that will allow them to follow Jesus better than ever before.
The idea of Christians making resolutions is nothing new. Peter once resolved to Jesus, “…I will lay down my life for you.” (John 13:37). However, shortly after making this bold proclamation, Peter denied three times that he was a follower of Jesus (John 18:15-27).
Peter was despondent that he had failed to keep his resolution, but the resurrected Jesus accepted him and gave him something important to do in his kingdom (John 21:15-22).
When it comes to being resolved to do something for Jesus, our actions are more important than our words. But even when we fail to live up to our good intentions, Jesus is willing to forgive us and give us another chance.
Have a blessed 2013!