Many of us are making New Year’s resolutions. Basically, all we’re doing is making a choice to do something different in 2011 than what we’ve been doing 2010. Many times we find ourselves reverting back to our 2010 ways before the end of the first week of 2011! Sometimes that’s not a big deal. But other times, it makes all the difference in the world—this one and the next!
I believe, there are three levels of choices or resolutions that we make. The first level is made up of simple and, for the most part, neutral preferences or options. It’s called:
- To quit drinking coffee and only drink green tea
- To finally schedule time to paint that spare bedroom
- To join a book club
The second level of choices/resolutions that we make goes a bit deeper. These involve more important choices and tasks, but they only reap physical rewards. This level is called:
- To work-out regularly instead of using that time to catch some extra zzz’s
- To commit to moderating or improving our diets instead of indulging
- To improve the organization of our houses instead of burying our heads in a massive pile of laundry
The third and final level is the most important and has lasting, even eternal, implications. It is called:
Eternal or Missional Choices
- To make ourselves accountable to trusted friends instead of keeping things only between us and God
- To control our negative thoughts instead of being controlled by our greed, lust, jealousy, anger, and/or fear
- To practice patience in the mundane challenges of each day instead of feeling entitled to let our anger boil
- To make time to listen actively to our spouses/kids instead of listening like a couch potato to the television
- To face our fear by sharing our faith instead of wasting our days stuck in our “comfort zone”
Although this list is not all inclusive, I believe that these “Eternal or Missional Choices” either draw us closer to God’s mission for our lives or further away. There is no middle ground—no happy medium. We must be either choosing to do them or we will be missing our calling as Christ-followers.
Not convinced? Here’s some of what Jesus has to say on the subject:
“No procrastination. No backward looks. You can’t put God’s kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day.” Luke 9:62 (MSG)
“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” Rev. 3:15-16 (NIV)
Okay, okay, I don’t know about you, but I’m guilty as charged!
I want to accept Jesus’ challenge to pursue a higher calling every single day of the year–not just in January! Are you with me?
For those who are interested in learning more about the eternal impact of our choices, check out this past weekend’s message at Metro Community Church.