New Year’s Day has come and gone, but it’s not too late to make a resolution, or to add a new one to your list. We’re not talking about the generic old tried and true resolutions like eating better, working out, giving up soda, or watching less TV. We’re talking about a spiritual resolution.
As a Christian nonprofit, we know how easy it is to forget our spirituality in the midst of the New Year’s hooplah, but God calls us to reevaluate ourselves even more frequently than once a year.
Let us examine and probe our ways, And let us return to the LORD. Lamentations 3:40
But New Years does mark new beginnings, and if you have failed to take any moments of inner examination, now is the time. Rest, think inward, ask questions. What is He asking you to do this year?
Bible Study: Challenge Yourself
Maybe what God is asking you to do this year is unclear. If so, where do you start? Bible study.
For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4
Bible study opens doors. We can gain more understanding on our purpose, God’s love, and what it means to be a Christian through studying the Bible. Why would we not resolve to read more?
If you are already an avid Bible reader, challenge your interpretations. History proves over and over that we as humans have often misread Scripture and acted foolishly.
For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. John 20:9
Read, and take notes. Re-read and overlook your notes. Highlight verses that stand out. Challenge their meanings. Pray.
Pray Without Expectation
Pray more. That is what many Christians resolve to do with each passing of a new year. This isn’t the most productive resolution, for often times it isn’t the quantity of prayers that needs adjusting, but rather the quality.
It is rather easy to find ourselves asking God for help: ‘Lord, give me patience, strength, guidance, purpose, hope, energy, inspiration, etc.’ Life is hard, and it would be a great deal easier if we were given any kind of boost. But God has a purpose for us all, and He isn’t going to change that purpose simply because we ask.
Instead, think of prayer as a conversation with a friend. Get to know Him, and let Him know you. In that, you may find answers. Pray without expectation this year, and take note of how your life changes.
Share His Word: Donate To Our Christian Nonprofit
God reveals himself in many different different ways. Some people go the majority of their life without being sure what God’s purpose was for them. At Doulos Partners, we know. God reveals himself to our founder, David Johnson, through four words: Give, Go, Ask, and Expect.
It was in that moment that David knew what had to be done. He had to find serious-minded believers in the United States that would join him in spreading God’s word across all of the world. He was led to three men: John Wright, Wayne Myrick, and Scott Gurosky. Together, they started a Christian nonprofit to carry out God’s purpose.
If you are still waiting for God to reveal a purpose for you, there are actions you can take. Help Doulos Partners continue to share God’s love. Each and every penny goes directly to our mission field. We can not do it without you.
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17
Interested? Donate to help Doulos Partners plant churches throughout the nations.