Out with the Old and In with the New

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

For many people, New Year’s Day is a time for reflection and resolutions.  A resolution is a decision to either do or not do something.  One of the most popular resolutions people make each year is to exercise more and to eat healthier.  There is something cathartic about a new year that promotes making positive changes and improvements in one’s life.


As believers, resolutions should not to be limited to just the physical but should also include spiritual improvements we need to make.  Every January I make it a practice to read through and meditate on the Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards, who was one of America’s greatest 18th century pastors and theologians.  As a young man of just nineteen years old, he developed a series of resolutions that he would review weekly, monthly, and annually over the course of his entire life.  Edwards wrote the resolutions to help him to stay focused on the major purpose of life, which is to glorify God.  His commitment to spiritual growth is reminiscent of Paul’s words in Philippians when he called all believers to, “…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”


As you ponder what you need to change in 2017, remember that the making and keeping of spiritual resolutions is impossible without God’s help and His power.  I wish you a Happy (& Spiritually Profitable) New Year!