The first month of 2018 has come and gone. Many of you may have made some decisions to change your behavior in some way. Hopefully, those decisions were made to improve your life. Whether it was an attempt to make changes for physical well being or spiritual, the first month is gone. So, how did you do? Are you maintaining the choices you made?
Many people begin with a wonderful mindset and then develop the practice of keeping the good habits intact. However, just as many, or perhaps more, fall back into their old habits and all of the good intentions are gone. The habits are not entirely formed, or they justify their actions, or lack thereof, in their mind. They dismiss the good intentions and start back doing the things they always have done.
Jesus, in the parable of the sower, gives us four different types of people and their reaction to the gospel message. Read Luke 8:11-15, Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God. Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved. Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away. The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance. (emphasis-dc)
This is the explanation of the parable. In this passage, we see those who reject the gospel, those who begin in the gospel but fall away in different ways, and one out of the four types who are committed to the Lord after obeying the gospel.
Notice the phrase in bold, “and hold it fast”. This is the type of diligence one must have to be a faithful Christian. Always aware of our faith and our commitment to our Lord and Savior.
If you have faltered in your decisions to change certain things, begin again or restart your commitment. But this time remain diligent and follow through, as you undoubtedly promised yourself that you would.
Let us first and foremost remain committed to our having received salvation by being buried in baptism to rise and walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4) But may we all also remain committed to being the best person we can be. After all, isn’t that what resolutions are all about? Be diligent today and every day.