I made a list of some nerdy resolutions and I’ve done a pretty good job of keeping up with them. I haven’t played any Skyrim yet, but I have found new iPhone game to waste too much of my time. Our nerdy resolutions probably aren’t that difficult to keep. Most other resolutions, though, aren’t as easy to keep.
A lot of us have probably made one of these resolutions only to see it fail. Most New Year’s resolutions begin with excitement and that will fuel them for a few days, even a few weeks. Once that excitement fades, though, the resolutions fall by the wayside and we go back to living life like we did before.
Unfortunately our desire to change and be more like Jesus often feels like a New Year’s resolution.
We’ve all had periods when we were really excited to be more like Jesus. Perhaps we were really touched by a sermon. Maybe we had a fresh encounter with Jesus at a camp or retreat. Experiences like that can light a fire in our souls. Those experiences can inspire us to make changes in our lives so that we can be more Christlike.
Like New Year’s resolutions, though, that excitement can fade. All the passion and fervor we had to be more like Jesus can cool over time, leaving us in the same place we were before. If we really want to make changes in our lives to be more like Jesus, we need more than just excitement.
Actual change takes intentional and sustainable action. Excitement will only take us so far. Intentional actions that we can sustain over a long time will help us to be more like Christ. When Zacchaeus encountered Christ his life was changed because of intentional and sustainable actions. He chose to share his wealth and to make amends to all those he had wronged. We’ll experience growth and change when we implement intentional and sustainable actions.
Our actions can’t do it alone, though. We can only change by trusting in the power and grace of Christ. Jesus is the only one who can help us become like Jesus.
What intentional and sustainable actions have helped you be more like Jesus?