As we all embark on a new year, new beginnings often come as well. In order to create new plans, resolutions, or goals for 2015 we have to evaluate the previous year. During that evaluation we must look at where we succeeded, where we might have failed, or even things that we need to start doing or stop doing. Regardless of our list of aspirations with another year, there are only two things that our lives should be rooted in.
1. How are you personally growing in our relationship with Christ?
Our walk with God should be a step-by-step pursuit of Jesus. Our desire each and every year should be all about becoming more like Him. In 2015, what are you doing to personally grow closer to Him? Spending time in the Word of God is essential. Justin Taylor over at The Gospel Coalition has a great list of reading plan options HERE. In addition, challenge yourself with other outside Christ-centered reading. Read other inspirational books by incredible Christian leaders. Here is a great list that Brian Dodd suggests that I would recommend too, HERE. What about your prayer life? Church involvement? Ar you in community with others to grow together?
2. How are you intentionally investing into the lives of others toward Christ?
As we grow closer to Christ, our lives should overflow onto others. Make it an intentional goal to personally invest into someone else’s life. I have noticed that many of us are really good at having many shallow relationships but not so good at having a few deep relationships. Invest into other peoples lives this year. Serve them. Disciple them. Challenge and inspire them. This is where discipleship begins. Point others to pursue Christ as you are pursuing Christ. Is your life worth imitating?
Let 2015 be a life changing year. Let Jesus change your life and the life of others through you!