What’s Really Behind New Year’s Resolutions?

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” (Revelation 21:5 ESV)

New Year’s resolutions are a kind of a joke, and we all know it. But many of us will give it a go. We may stick to them for a few days or even a few weeks, but soon the gyms will be roomy again and waistlines will return to their former size. By mid-year, resolutions will fade into oblivion.

New Year’s resolutions are actually more than they seem. On the surface, it appears we just want to make some positive life changes: lose a few pounds, quit smoking, spend less time on social media. These are all good things, but the desire for making positive changes each January is rooted in our desire to create a perfect world.

We want to make heaven come to earth by making our lives heavenly. But even if we were to stick to our resolutions, our lives would not be perfect. Would our lives be slightly better? Sure. But we cannot bring heaven down to earth.

The longing for heaven, however, is not misguided. It is a legitimate longing. If our longing for heaven is a longing for the love, acceptance, and pure bliss associated with spending time in God’s presence, we are very right to long for it.

The truth of the matter is, 2018 will probably not be the year your dreams come true. There will be tragedy and triumph. You will laugh and cry. And maybe 2018 will be, on balance, a wonderful year for you. I hope it is. But look past the turning of the year and into eternity to see what your soul really craves.

If you are a Christ follower, one day Jesus will satisfy your longing for heaven. Because he has purchased our eternal acceptance into the family of God, we will enter his presence and dwell with him forever. So while we may struggle here on earth, Jesus has opened a door to our forever home where all things will be new.