This week, I’ve challenged you to take thirteen action steps toward living out God’s truth in 2017. Here are eight more ways to allow God’s truth to change how you live this year.
- I will live like the choices I make today will impact my life tomorrow.
God’s truth says, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap” (Gal. 6:7).
Like the type of seed planted determines the type of fruit picked at harvest, the choices you make today will have consequences in the future. Make wise choices today that will produce a good “fruit” in your life tomorrow.
- I will submit to the authority of my parents this year.
God’s truth says, “‘Honor your father and mother’ (this is the first commandment with a promise)” (Eph. 6:2).
When we resist authority, we become more vulnerable to Satan’s attacks and to sin.
When we resist authority, we become more vulnerable to Satan’s attacks and to sin. On the other hand, when we willingly take our place under those God has placed in authority over us, including our parents, we are granted God’s protective covering. Make the choice to submit to the authority of your parents this year out of obedience to Christ.
- I will get/stay involved in church this year.
God’s truth says, “Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Heb. 10:25).
The Bible describes the church as a body (1 Cor. 12). Every part of the body is needed, including you. If you’re not currently involved in a local church, make it your goal to find a church home this year. If you already have a church home, find ways to get more involved and to build up the other members of your local church.
- I will seek out a mentor who is a great wife and mother this year.
God’s truth says, “Train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled” (Titus 2:4–5).
God created woman to be a helper to her husband and a bearer and nurturer of life. Marriage and motherhood are God’s norm for most women. Embracing this truth is highly counter-cultural. It can be difficult to find examples of women who are gracefully living out God’s calling to be wives and mothers. Find someone near you who is doing these things well, and spend some time with her. Allow God to use that relationship to teach you about His future plans for your life.
- I will be more concerned about my holiness than my happiness this year.
God’s truth says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16).
Jesus didn’t die so that we could live for our own pleasure, but so we could be free to live a life that pleases Him.
Jesus didn’t die so that we could live for our own pleasure, but so we could be free to live a life that pleases Him. Sometimes that requires sacrifices. But any sacrifice we make is temporary and cannot be compared with the joy we will gain in eternity. Only through seeking to be holy can we ever experience true happiness.
- I will add praise, thanksgiving, listening, and confession into my prayer life this year.
God’s truth says, “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son” (Rom. 8:29).
A balanced prayer life should include more than just asking God to fix your problems. Work to build a relationship with God that is not strictly focused on asking Him to change your circumstances.
- I will see difficult circumstances as an opportunity to become more like Jesus this year.
God’s truth says, “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you” (1 Peter 5:10).
God is able to use suffering to conform you into the image of Jesus.
God is able to use suffering to conform you into the image of Jesus. In 2017, make the choice to embrace hard things rather than running from or resenting them.
- I will focus more on Jesus and less on myself this year.
God’s truth says, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).
The world was not created to revolve around you. It was created to revolve around Christ. This year look for every opportunity to make your life more about serving Jesus and attracting others to Him.
Your life will be radically transformed this year if you make the decision to 1) know God’s truth, 2) believe it, and 3) act on it. How will you live out God’s truth in 2017?