Am I Resolved?
A song often sung following sermons is titled, “I am resolved.” By design, these lyrics teach and admonish (Col. 3:16) the hearts of those who know what is necessary for salvation, but have not yet surrendered themselves to the gospel call. A listener who's conscience has been convicted by the truth, and who is determined to depart from the broad way that leads to destruction can embrace the words, “I am resolved.” This is done when they are baptized into Christ, thereby entering the narrow gate leading to life (Matt. 7:13-14).
Entering a new year, some of us may ponder thoughts of resolutions. To sincerely make a resolution one must be resolved in their mind to accomplish what they are committing themselves to do. For those of us who have entered that strait gate, we have already made the resolution to be disciples of Jesus Christ. Resolve is essential to living the life of a Christian. Notice the words of Matt. 7:14, “...narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”(NKJV) Without being resolved, it will be impossible to overcome the difficulties of this way.
As Christians, we should already have the necessary resolve. Why not focus on the things that will make us better fruit bearers for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
See II Pet. 1:5-8:
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
May God bless our efforts in 2016.