re:solution (part 4)

Slide6 74: COMMUNITY – RESOLVING TO INSPIRE OTHERS: When we live according to the way we were created to
live, according to God’s plans and patterns for our lives, others will be
inspired to do the same.  They will
see us living in rhythm with how we were created to be, and they will
rejoice.  The psalmist says in
verse 74: “May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put
my hope in your word
.” 

         One
of the key reason’s our New Year’s resolutions fail is because we do it in
secret.  The chances of success go
way up when we include a community of like-minded people into the
equation.  How many of you have
tried to form a positive new habit, or to stop a negative old habit, in your
life without the aide of others? 
It’s hard.  It’s easy to
fall back into old patterns.  But
when we have others there encourage us to put our hope in God and to celebrate
victories over our problems there is tremendous potential for success.  When a person puts their hope in God,
others are inspired.  If I were to
follow after God and do well in my life, then you might rejoice and be inspired
to have victory with God’s help over an issue in your own life too.  And if you place that kind of hope in
the Lord and strive to live according to the way you were created, then I’ll be
further encouraged as well.  The
solution to our resolution problem involves the celebrating community of God’s
people.

         The
Good News is that God surrounds us with accountability.  But our resolutions usually fail
because we don’t seek out accountability. 
You can’t stop eating fast food if your whole family keeps pressing you
to go to Wendy’s all the time.  You
can’t quit smoking if nobody in your family is willing to help you.  And ultimately it’s hard to continue to
put your hope in God’s ways and to address the deeper issues in your life if
you are not surrounding yourself in a community of people who fear the
Lord.  This leads right into the
next verse…

 

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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