What do we think of when we think of the New Year? Is it resolutions? Do you make resolutions or do you just figure that you won’t keep them, so why bother?
Let’s together make a New Year’s Resolution to live in a glowing way for our Savior and Lord. And because God gave us the Ten Commandments, let’s begin with them.
The first four commandments are about our relationship with our God and Lord. We are told that we should have no other gods. Do we place things before God and make them our ‘god’? Let’s strive to place God first in our lives in every area; let’s strive to please God with our devotion.
The second commandment says that we should not make graven images and this closely follows the first commandment. We need always to place God first and foremost in our lives. Let’s strive to always serve Him.
The third commandment tells us to not use the name of the Lord in vain. Let’s never misuse God’s name; let’s always hold the name of the Lord in high honor and glory.
And the fourth commandment about our relationship with God is that we should remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. Let’s worship Him; let’s not put our thoughts and wishes ahead of spending time worshipping Him. We are blessed to live in a country where we can publicly worship God; let’s never forget to join with others and worship God.
The last six commandments concern our relationship with others. We are told to honor our fathers and our mothers; we shall not murder or commit adultery. We are told to not steal -- and that includes not stealing someone’s reputation -- and the next commandment says to not give false testimony against another.
We are told in the commandments to not covet our neighbor’s house, nor his wife, nor his servants, nor his animals or anything else that belongs to our neighbor. Let’s rejoice with them in their lives, not covet and be jealous.
Our Savior and Lord put the Ten Commandments into a simplified version when He said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37-40).
Let’s resolve to love the Lord each day, in every way, in every action, and rejoice in His love and to spread that message to those that He places in our path. This is a resolution not for the New Year, but for every day. Let’s rejoice in His love and spread His Word.