We are now in the last week of the first month of a new year. You know what this means: the steam that accompanied our New Year’s Resolutions has, in many cases, disappated.
Many Christians resolve to be more faithful in Bible Study and prayer. Bible reading plans are selected. Early morning alarms are set. Schedules are reshuffled. We were ready. Many Christian men have also resolved to become more faithful in the leading of their homes in family worship and individual discipleship.
However, we are now on the eve of February and many have lost momentum and are discouraged.
I am here to encoruage you. My encouragement is simple. It is liberating and motivating. And it’s distinctly Christian.
LIBERATED TO OBEY
First, remember that you are a Christian and that your standing with God does not depend upon how many boxes you check on your Bible reading schedule. It can’t. It is not weighty enough to satisfy God’s standard. Instead, your standing before God is always based upon the obedience of Christ, your substitute. It is his perfect adherence to God’s requirements that is charged to your account (Rom. 4.5; 2 Cor. 5.21).
Do not fall into the deadly, demonic trap as a Christian of finding discouragement in life because of your failure to measure up to a standard. This failure and inability is intended to drive you to see the one who has.
Therefore, be encouraged today with Christ’s obedience. It is the reality of your standing before God that liberates you to obey with joy and humility. If you lack either of these today then you are probably betraying the gospel. Find encouragement in what Christ has done.
MOTIVATED TO OBEY
Second, remember what Christ has done for you. There is some overlap here with what I wrote above. When you are reminded and refreshed in the Gospel then you are motivated to live and serve God. In other words, Christ’s obedience propels your obedience.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Gal. 2.20)
When we have come into contact with the spiritual, cognitive and emotional realities of the gospel then we are motivated to obey (Rom. 6). We love him because he loved us.
The other thing I would add is that it is not too late. So what if you are off schedule. Read your Bible and pray today. Men, If you have been slothful in the leading of your family then repent and go home tonight and confess your sin to your family and then get on the horse and lead them.
Don’t just sit there in the personal agony of the unaccomplished and feel sorry for yourself. Instead, wear out a path to the cross and find yourself liberated and motivated to respond to the gospel.
There is no reason for Christians to feel defeated and overwhelmed. We are to be people are who motivated by the reality of victory. Do something and be someone impacted by the gospel today.