Forget Resolutions: Time for a Revolution

Courtesy of Arkadiusz Sikorski via Flickr

Courtesy of Arkadiusz Sikorski via Flickr

By Dr. DAN and CATHY ERICKSON

We’re not even a week into the New Year and many of us have already lost our resolve to change.

Could it be that our ambitions for 2016 are actually too small?

Instead of a New Year’s resolution, let’s seek a revolution that will change each of us and our world for eternity. 

In Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus gives us the marching orders:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul and with all of your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it; love your neighbor [everyone] as yourself.”

Let’s ask God to change us from the inside out so that when people see us, they see Him. When we’re squeezed, we should exude Him. When we’re cut, we should “bleed” Jesus. Whether we’re at work, church or home alone.

This revolution is nothing to take lightly and it can’t be done in our own strength or willpower. There is an enemy who wants to beat us back down every time we rise up. We need God and one another to fight and win this daily battle of loving, forgiving and overcoming.

But it’s worth every scrape and drop of sweat and blood.

Let’s get ourselves out of the way so God’s revolutionary love can flow through us. Then  imagine His possibilities!

Dr. Dan Erickson is chief servant leader and Cathy Erickson is president of People Matter Ministries.