Dec 26

Sitting In the New Year [Repost]

2012 at 4:00 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Devotional Life

We’ve all made our New Year’s resolutions: Spend (a little) less money on shoes, organize the kitchen cabinets, dig out the exercise DVD from under the bed, check the Facebook feed fewer times per day.

But wait. Have we resolved to do the one thing that is necessary in 2013?

sitting in the new year

Donald Whitney in his book, “Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life” challenges us to pursue godliness and holiness: “without which no one will see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14).

“Our purpose in life—if we have the Holy Spirit” he says, “is godliness: you want to be like Jesus, and you want to be with Jesus.”

And there’s only one way for that to happen.

By practicing the spiritual disciplines.

By sitting at Jesus’ feet.

“Godly people are godly people primarily because they are disciplined people. And it has always been that way” insists Dr. Whitney:

“You can go all the way back through the history of the church and all the famous heroes of church history. You can be sure that all those men and women became godly men and women – not because God zapped them in some way that he hasn’t zapped you….Those great men and women of faith became more like Jesus the same way you and I do: by means of sustained, unspectacular, routine discipline. Godly people are godly people because they are disciplined people. It’s always been so.”

We want to urge you to read Dr. Whitney’s book, especially chapters 1-4,13. It will strengthen your desire and resolve to be more like Jesus and be with Jesus more often in 2013.

Let’s sit in the new year together.