New Year’s Resolution Challenge

New Year’s Resolution Challenge

I know many don’t believe in making New Year’s resolutions, and are skeptical of them. I’m not one of them. Our God is a God of new beginnings. He created the “day” so that every 24 hours, we can have a new start. He created the “yearly” cycle. And there is a renewed commitment and passion, when we say that during the New Year, we are going to do some things differently.

I want to challenge you to make one resolution for 2010, and that is to find an accountability partner.

During the last several years, we have had a lot of personal failures, from athletes (Tiger Woods), to elected officials (to many to count), as well as religious leaders. I believe each individual needs to have a person in their life, whom on a weekly basis keeps us accountable.  This challenge is based on James 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other…”

Here is my challenge:

  1. Find one person with whom you will be completely honest, and on a weekly basis, have an open conversation. (Make sure this person is a mature Christian).
  2. Have this person call you on a weekly basis, and ask some questions (I’m going to make it easy on you, and give you a couple of questions as suggestions):
    1. Have you been reading your Bible?
    2. Do you spend time in prayer? (On average, pastors spend 15 min a week in prayer. That’s why most churches aren’t growing).
    3. How is your relationship with: your spouse, your parents, other significant people in your life?
    4. Are your finances in order? Are you tithing/giving to church?
    5. Are you sexually pure? Are you struggling with pornography?
    6. Have you been gossiping or putting people down, instead building others up?

Can you think of any other significant questions?

Be completely honest with this person. It will only be beneficial if you are honest. And, it needs to happen on a weekly basis, not just once every 3 years. If you know that someone is going to be calling you on Friday to ask you about your Bible reading or prayer life, won’t that at least serve as a reminder to dedicate time to Jesus?

 I want to challenge my personal friends, you know who you are – call me, ask me, keep me accountable. And, don’t be surprised if I call you. It is time to move on to another level in our relationship with Christ, and our commitment to His kingdom.