Let The Resolutions Begin…
Saleama A. Ruvalcaba
It’s that time of year again when we reflect on the year that was and make decisions to improve our lives somehow. We will eat less, exercise more, and enhance our career goals. For me, I always reflect on how much I shared Jesus with others. I am usually always disappointed because I feel I could have done more. This year is different, however. I finally asked myself a question. What exactly does a disciple look like? Sure, we can share Jesus by intently sharing the gospel with someone on a personal level. But could there be more than meets the eye? Could I be too hard on myself? Let’s take a look back on this year to see if I shared Jesus in any shape or form with others.
Matthew 4:19-20 “Come follow me, Jesus said, and I will send you out to fish for people. At once they left their nets and followed him.”
Last January (2016) our family began attending a new church. Prior experiences had severely tarnished our trust in the (Church) in general. This particular church was intimidating due to its size. We assumed the people there were snobby and new nothing about Christ. We were ever so wrong! We instantly fell in love. The preaching was straight from the Bible. They have a remarkable city outreach ministry, and an amazing youth ministry. They invest in marriage. They care deeply about discipleship. Someone once told me that they do not believe a church can help a person grow spiritually, it’s done on our own during our personal fellowship with God. I agree and disagree with that statement. In the past year our family grew spiritually in so many ways. Yes I spend a lot of time in fellowship with God, but I credit my church with helping me along the way. Because of the growth in our family and the love we share about our church, we’ve had friends start to attend our new church with us.
Mark 16:15 “He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.”
My mother and stepfather began attending our new church with us and during the summer they were baptized in front of hundreds of strangers. I never mentioned baptism to them. I simply live everyday like Jesus Christ. I simply share how much I love my church. They made the decision to come to church. They made the decision to be baptized. Their lives are now changed forever.
Psalm 96:2-4 “Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.”
During the summer I began to write on this blog again. I started this blog in 2013 but had no direction or clarity. I wrote mainly off the top of my head. I was lucky if I ever received any kind of feedback. I stopped writing in 2014 and had no plans to ever revisit it. During a family retreat, I really felt the Lord urge me to get back to doing what I love – writing. God showed me I wasn’t taking my blog serious before. Now I write after prayer with God. I write after studying different commentary. I come up with lots of ideas – yet I never act on any of them. I write what I feel the Holy Spirit leads me to write. Within only a few months I now see a tremendous difference with my blog. So many people have responded with amazing feedback. God is speaking to them, through me, with this blog.
Mark 13:10 “And the gospel must be first preached to all nations.”
This year I started posting daily Scripture on my Facebook timeline. I do not post my opinion with it – just a Scripture verse. Since doing that I get so many prayer request from others. With so much negative news posted all day long, people will see God’s Word in their news feed from me. God’s Word is powerful. In reality I don’t need any kind of feedback when I post His Word everyday. His Word speaks for itself, therefore, I know He will reach someone and transform their life. It is an honor to pray for others when they ask. But more than anything, I pray His Word will be a light to someone in need.
This year is no different. I always think I can do more to share the gospel, and my vow is to keep sharing the gospel the best way I know how. I realize I do share Jesus Christ in so many ways. My goal this year will be same; to find new ways to share Jesus. I vow to study more, and spend more time with God so my everyday life can continue to be a walking testimony. I vow to pray more. To give more. To love more. The self-centered resolutions I can come up with really mean nothing if I choose not to make my goals center around Jesus Christ first!
What about you? What will be your goals this year? How will you make Jesus Christ the center of it all?