This has probably been one of the hardest pieces for me to get done. I had all of the research done, pretty much knew what I wanted to say, and have sat at my desk several times to write it. I just couldn’t get motivated. It seemed that I was lacking in the subject matter. I had no resolve.
That seems to be what happens to most of us many times. We have the desire to do something, or to stop doing it, but we just never seem to start the process. We figure out how to solve the problem. We break it down into parts that are easy to manage and we try to rationalize each individual aspect of the situation. That is one definition of resolve.
We give it a lot of, “if only,” and “when,” to justify our lack of determination, then continue down the same path until we forget about it, or at least push it to the back of our minds. Then, one day, we realize that we never took any action and the whole process starts all over again. We have to re-solve the problem that should have been solved long ago. That is another definition of resolve.
The most common usage of resolve is to make a firm decision and commit to it. Sometimes this is the most difficult of all. Whether it is to lose weight, quit smoking, spend more time with our kids, read the Bible and pray every day, or just try to be more positive, we can find a million and one reasons not to make the change. We can make the determination without ever having to make the choice. “One of these days, I’m going to,” just seems to be a catch phrase and the “New Years’ Resolution” soon becomes the Next Year resolution.
In the book of Malachi, God speaks very plainly about resolve. It isn’t just about tithing, as in chapter 3, in chapter 2 it is about the priests accepting sacrifices which are not acceptable to God:
“If you do not listen, and if you do not resolve to honor my name,” says the Lord Almighty, “I will send a curse on you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not resolved to honor me.”
The people were bringing sacrifices that were clearly unacceptable and the priests were using them as if they were. The people knew better and, even more, the priests knew better. They knew the difference and said nothing. God told them that if they did not make a firm decision and commitment to honor His name they would be cursed. In fact, they were already cursed for their actions.
So what has this to do with us today?
Are we not called to be Kings and Priests? Since the priests of the Old Testament are a type and shadow of what we are to be today, then we should resolve to honor His name as well. We should let our “Yes,” be Yes and our “No,” be No. When we have resolved to do, or not to do, something because we know it is right, we should not hesitate.
We will. We are still human. We may have His Spirit living in us, but our humanity will always be weak. That is when we must pray for Grace.
Three or four over quoted scriptures come to mind:
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
“With men this impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
The decision is still up to you. You have to resolve in your heart. You have to believe in your head. Then know that you will not have to do it alone. You still have to take the action, but it is all right to ask for help. Help from your spouse, your friends, your brothers and sisters in Christ, but mostly, ask for help from God. If Jesus did not have the resolve to carry out God’s plan to completion, there would be no reason for any of us to believe that the Bible is any more than a historical account of the Jews.
It is finished.
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