As 2018 as arrived so have all the New Year’s Resolutions and goals. The gyms will be filled the next couple weeks, and more Paleo diet books and the like will be downloaded and fly off the shelves. We will pledge more time with family, less time on Netflix and social media. Thousands will announce their new goals to give up things, like sugar, smoking, gluten, etc. and sadly, most people will abandon these resolutions within a couple weeks.
But what kind of change do we really need and how can it happen? This verse in Old Testament gives us some insight of what the Lord is able to do. “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36.26). True change is a change of our heart. Deep change comes from the inside out. So changing our hair and weight might be noticeable, change in our character and choices are more beneficial. These changes on the inside that manifest on the outside, make the greatest difference in our lives and the lives of those closest to us, those we love and need in our lives.
What deep change would be the greatest for you this year? More time with family? Freedom from temper? The way you talk to your spouse? How you use time and resources? Do you need free from addictions? Be less grumpy? Have more joy, less fear? The Lord can do a work in our hearts and deep change can happen through Christ if we will be humble and ask Him for help. He can give us the strength for all these kinds of changes and more.
I love the verse in Proverbs 4.23, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Only the Lord can change a heart by His love, grace, forgiveness, and mercy.
Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Pr 4:23). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.