New year resolutions have been used by many societies. The ancient Babylonians promised their gods that they would return borrowed items and pay their debts. The Romans made promises to their god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. In Medieval times, knights took the “peacock vow” to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry. In our modern day society, some prepare for the year ahead by making resolutions at watchnight services.
If you are a Christian, the most important resolution you can make is to remain obedient, learn more of God’s Word, and give more in His service.
If you are not yet a Christian, the best resolution for a happy new year is to become a child of God by hearing the gospel (Romans 10:14), believing in Jesus, God’s Son (Acts 16:30-31, Hebrews 11:6), repenting of your sins (Acts 17:30-31), confessing Jesus as Lord before men (Acts 8:36), and being baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).
A 2007 study showed that only 12% of people who set New Year resolutions succeed. As followers of the one true God of the Bible, let’s all resolve to obey our Lord and live by His Word. This will ensure a HAPPY NEW YEAR!