Responding / by daniel hamlin

 Hoping 2018 includes a couple of these. Photo: Craig Hamlin

Hoping 2018 includes a couple of these. Photo: Craig Hamlin

I’ve never been inclined to making New Year’s resolutions. I don’t have anything against them; I’ve just never felt compelled to make them. But this year I’m making one. Just one. This year my resolution is to respond. I want to respond to Jesus when He speaks. I want to live my life in an appropriate response to what He says and does. I don’t want to ignore His voice or be too distracted by other things to notice Him. His presence deserves a response, and for me I want 2018 to be a year that is marked by a heartfelt response to His presence.

When I look at all the people throughout history that God has used, they all share one thing in common. They all responded. Some have responded wholeheartedly and some reluctantly, but all made a conscious decision that God deserves a response. Apathy has no place in the kingdom of Heaven. One of man’s greatest temptations throughout the ages has been apathy—a lulling to sleep spiritually. Christ’s kingdom is founded on pillars such as love, truth, grace, and righteousness. It’s far too easy for me to nod my head in agreement with these pillars…as long as they don’t interfere with my personal plans in life. So in 2018 my resolution is to respond to Christ appropriately regardless of how inconvenient it might seem to my own personal plans. The cross was anything but convenient for Jesus, and when viewed in light of that my simple resolution to respond seems like the very least I can do.    

Here’s to hoping 2018 is a year in which we all respond.