A Resolution That Can Never Be Broken….Ever.

Tis the season to make half-hearted resolutions to Hollywood Diets and 90 Day workout programs!

As we embark on a fresh New Year, a chance to call “Do Over!”, and an opportunity to rededicate, we may need to pause a bit before the ball drops and the confetti cleanup ensues.

In my opinion:

The gist of our modern Christianity is akin to a perpetual New Year’s Resolution.

Behavior modification dominates much preaching and teaching in the church. The thrust of so many Christian messages is about doing stuff: Pray longer, Give more money, Witness more, Invite a friend, get an accountability partner, help the poor, get a quiet time, become a leader…Try harder to be a better husband, employee/employer, father, citizen, dog owner, etc. etc. etc.

Do do do, go go go, try try try….and we reduce the beauty of the gospel mission to a Nike commercial.

We have such a propensity to work-related righteousness and commitments we may forget that Christ has made a resolution to us that will never be broken:

In Christ, God has resolved to love us with an eternal commitment. This resolution was not built on the sifting sand of human will but was signed, sealed, and delivered by the blood of His own dear Son before the foundations of the world (Ephesians 1:13). This commitment to us isn’t just for the New Year, it is new every morning (Lamentations 3:23).

The basics of the gospel blows away the minds of mighty angels  (1 Peter 1:12). The blazing seraphim near the throne and Michael the sword-wielding warrior can’t comprehend why such a holy King would condescend to love such weak sinful men. We treat the gospel like a trite prayer tacked on the end of a sermon, or a kiddie pool we have to enter to go on to deeper spiritual waters. The Gospel, which reveals the glory of God in Jesus Christ, is the deepest thing in all the world(s).

Angels aren’t impressed by our great exploits for God, they’re impressed by God’s great exploits for us in the gospel.

The gospel tells us that there is nothing we can ever do to make God love us more than He does right now. It tells us there is nothing we can ever do to make God love us less than He does right now. Over 170 times in the NT the term “in Christ” is used to connote those who have been apprehended by God’s grace. God loves His Son with an unbroken perfect love and if we are IN CHRIST, God must love us in the SAME EXACT WAY (John 17:26).

We bring nothing to the table and yet are given everything.

No wonder angels are so perplexed.

Why would God love fallen broken humanity in the same way He loves His spotless precious obedient Son?

Why would God make a once and for all resolution to such disobedient despondent wretches?

This New Year may we look to Christ and His commitment to us in the gospel with angel-like longing, and may it birth heaven-like worship in our hearts. Let’s resolve to be captivated by God’s curious resolution to love us, in 2013 and forevermore.

Peace and grace this new year.

Bryan Daniels

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Author: Bryan Daniels

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband to Jessica, and a father of three boys: Josiah, Gideon and Judah. I teach high school math as a job, read reformed theology as a hobby, and write this blog just for kicks. With the rest of my time I coach football and track.

19 thoughts on “A Resolution That Can Never Be Broken….Ever.”

  1. Great post, Bryan! Despite having ventured further and further into the realm of “liberal” over the years, I find that the idea of having to DO more to prove my Christianity is one I have to actively fight against. These days, I feel I’m at my spiritual best when I let go of the to-do list and instead focus on loving God, loving those around me, and trying to restore Shalom in the world in whatever way I can.

  2. Yes and amen. Where would we be without the shallow end of God’s pool? I Suppose we would be in the deepest ocean of thought for the progress of the world…God forbid.

    1. Yes people step out of the oceans that thy mind doth swim aimlessly and tip your toes in to the river of life and let the master teach you how and where to swim. Is not thine heart full of good intentions but as to the fulfillment thereof but for the glory of God nought will ever be accomplished; for thy glory shall fade but the word of the Lord shall endure all generations. Oh how sweet the truth of Christ is as to endure the bitterness of death. He has led the way and we believe he is risen. He has, does and will continue to outlive all whom oppose him. AMEN!.

      of death. How marvelous to see the word pierce the hearts of men and awesome He is as the nation’s and their ideal and

  3. I hate biblical nutshells, they always seem to get crushed. People make these little ryhming analogies of God’s word that always carry a carnal edge to them. Funny, because I have never seen any biblical character use them when working through grace by faith in Christ, ever. Maybe, it,s because it makes easier to remember but then what mind can retain God’s word for His glory without His permission?

  4. “Behavior modification dominates much preaching and teaching in the church. The thrust of so many Christian messages is about doing stuff: Pray longer, Give more money, Witness more, Invite a friend, get an accountability partner, help the poor, get a quiet time, become a leader…Try harder to be a better husband, employee/employer, father, citizen, dog owner, etc. etc. etc.

    Do do do, go go go, try try try….and we reduce the beauty of the gospel mission to a Nike commercial.”

    I strongly agree with you on this. We sometimes forget Ephesians 2:8-9.

  5. Maybe my response to this post wasn’t exactly like many. I smiled as I read every word with gratitude to God for your continued “speaking the truth in love”. On the other hand, it imparted a sense of sadness because modern Christianity is exactly as you observed and wrote.
    May God be glorified daily for who He is!!
    Stephanie
    PS: would like to reblog

  6. Reblogged this on New Life and commented:
    Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? Check out this great post by “Chief of the Least” about “A Resolution that can never be broken… ever!” Deep thoughts to kick-start 2013! Happy New Year…

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