Why do we wait until New Year’s Day to make our resolutions?
Is it the idea of having a clean slate? Is it the idea of being able to keep track of how long (how many days?) we have been able to keep our resolutions?
If something is truly that important, why wait? Why not start it sooner?
The idea of New Year’s resolutions reminds me of something that Martin Luther wrote in his “95 Theses.” (If you have not read them, let me recommend that you do so – you will find many of them to be helpful, even encouraging.) Thesis #1 of 95 is as follows:
“When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, “Repent”, He willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.”
So why wait? Not just New Year’s Day, but every day is another day to turn over a new leaf, so to speak. Our entire lives in Christ are to be characterized by repentance.
For the Christian, our “slate” is already clean because of the work of Christ on the Cross. In Him our sins are removed from us as far as the East is from the West.
But not only that, we have the perfect righteousness of Christ imputed to our account by faith. Our slate isn’t just clean, it’s positively perfect & righteous in God’s sight!
So if you are a believer, you are free to make resolutions. But more importantly, you are free to make your life’s work all of your days to be that of repentance.
And you don’t need to wait until the stroke of midnight to start!