It’s the time of the year where some people make resolutions to try to achieve certain aims in the New Year. My guess is most of these resolutions fall like seeds from the sower’s basket along the path or on rocky ground – they have no hope of seeing the light of day.
But as Christians there is a resolution that Scripture enjoins; and that is, we are to “grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” (Eph 4:15). This, among other others, is a resolution we should firmly accept.
The pulpit effort that will be made this year will be geared towards this: to be more Christ-like. The banner we are raising is, He Must Increase and we Must Decrease.
We who are “in Christ” are made a “new creation” – the old had passed away and the new has come. We have to press on in the new; for, as his workmanship, we are created for “good works”, which we are told, is prepared beforehand for us by no less than the Person of God the Father Himself.
We must first decrease before we can let Christ increase in our lives. This is the dynamic movement of our lives. What is called for is a process of growing “to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph 3:13).
The Christian is to grow out of a flighty, unsettled, gullible temperament into maturity. Not to do so is not acceptable in the sight of God.
Young children tend to believe everything they are told, and rudderless boats, or boats without someone at the helm, tend to go wherever the wind takes them. Christians are to be more mature, wiser, and more perceptive in order to recognize and withstand the cunning craftiness of those who would deceive. Of course this is possible only as our minds and hearts are formed in Christ.
Our prayer for you is that you will, without reservations, embrace this resolution and let Christ increase in your lives as we embark on this journey through 2016 together.
We wish for you by the grace of God, a blessed and closer walk with Christ this year.
The Session and Pastors
Moriah and Sembawang B-P Church