God has been moving in me how He is not a checklist, and living for Him cannot be a checklist. Yes, there are things we do that we know will bring us close to Him, but if our hearts are not in it, it's all in vain.
While reading my Message Remix: Solo, what I read made a deep impression in my heart. Reading Numbers, a book I tended to glaze over when I read, I found the most amazing little half sentence.
'But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly...'
Now first of all, let us be clear that God is the one talking here. Caleb isn't being praised by his boss, or even by Moses, but by God himself. And what is God's assessment of Caleb? That he follows Him wholeheartedly.
The more I thought about it, the more amazed I was. And the more I kept thinking that this is it. That's the secret to a happy and fulfilled life. So this is my one and only resolution for this year. And pretty much for the rest of my life.
I know I am setting myself up for failure. There is no way I can do this. But that is the point. I surrender to Jesus, because I know HE is the one who can, and will. Only he can change my heart. Only he can give me strengh and show me the way. I'm just making myself willing.
Here are the posts related to this topic:
January 10th - On listening
January 11th - On studying
January 14th - On prayer
January 15th - On service
January 16th - On hospitality
January 17th - On replacing
January 18th - On blogging
After writing this post, I also came across the One Word 365 challenge. Check it out!