A Verse-Resolution for 2021

Posted on December 31, 2020

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By David Ettinger

I’ve never been much on 2 things: Making resolutions and selecting a “theme verse” for a given year.

I find that both are difficult to hold to, along with the fact that the Lord does not call upon believers to live a year at a time, but day by day. Jesus said: “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34).

Having said that, the changing of the calendar from one year to the next does serve as a symbolic opportunity for improvement, and I find myself yielding to its allure. Therefore, I’m kind of making a New Year’s resolution based upon a Bible verse, hence a Verse-Resolution.

The verse is Philippians 1:27: “Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.”

Actually, it is the first part, “… conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ …” which is my main focus. This has always been an impactful verse for me as it has too often come to my consciousness AFTER I have behaved in a manner NOT worthy of the Gospel of Christ.

I tend to be a little too sarcastic and sometimes let my sense of humor tiptoe into areas it shouldn’t. Also, I can be quite moody, grumpy, and unloving – behavior which does not glorify Christ.

So, to wrap up this short missive, my Verse-Resolution for this year ­– and hopefully the rest of my life – is to do a better job conforming to my calling in Christ, and more resolutely striving to “live out” Philippians 1:27.

I desire for 2021 to be a year in which I conduct myself in a manner worthy of the Lord Jesus.

I imagine most of you are like me, that is, not big on resolutions. But if there is one area of your Christian walk you would like to “tighten up,” what would that be? I’d love to know!