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Weekly Devotionals

Today over Tomorrow

33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. – Matthew 6:33-34 NIV

Can you believe that we are already entering into the second week of 2022? How has your new year been? Have you made your new year’s resolutions?

I personally have tried to stop making new year’s resolutions a while ago, as I always find them to be a source of feeling defeated or guilty for not having accomplished or not actively doing anything towards accomplishing them. However, I always end up finding myself making them, especially the ones that have to do with my Christian walk.

Currently I am spending a lot of time reading 1 John, and the whole letter is about how to live a life as a Christian who is in active fellowship with God. John writes about how one who is in fellowship with God can find evidence in their lives, such as true doctrine, obedient living, and faithful devotion.

Now, with that in mind, if you are like me in that you make new year’s resolutions that end up only serving the purpose of making yourself feel bad, I want to invite you to join me in making 2022 different from the previous years where resolutions regarding our Christian walk will be no more.

Rather than making grand plans for the year by setting goals that will make us become “better and stronger” Christians, such as promising yourself that you will read the Bible cover to cover once or twice, telling yourself that you will evangelize to a particular number of people or that you will set aside certain number of days each month to dedicate the whole day in serving others, let us be committed in being more intentional and present in obeying God’s command and staying faithful in our efforts to be loving every day in our everyday setting.

This is different from making resolutions as resolutions motivate you by enticing you with the sense of accomplishment that you may feel when you achieve that end goal, but what I am inviting and challenging you to do is to completely change your framework of why you will invest and sow your time and energy in doing what we deem as Christian.

Here is what I am proposing: Let us be committed in waking up each day and choosing to “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). We will do this not because we have a certain idea of who will become at the end of the year if we do so, but we will operate and function this way because we know that we are loved and rescued by Jesus.

So, I say, let us not get caught up in worrying about who we will become tomorrow or even 11 months from now, but let us focus on the very day that is right in front of us – today, the present.