It happens every year… January 1st comes and we resolve to improve ourselves. Eat less, exercise more, stop smoking, lose a hundred pounds. We start the first day of the year with the best intentions. And then the second day of the year comes… and then the third. On average, New Year’s Resolutions are broken by the second Friday of January. We can’t even last two weeks!
Maybe we’re focusing on the wrong things. Have you ever resolved to become a person of prayer? Or read your Bible from cover to cover in six months? Well, maybe not six months… What if we resolve to be the man or woman that God would have us be? In Galatians 5:22,23 Paul tell us that the fruit of the Spirit is “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” There are many days that I can’t even demonstrate ONE of the fruits. So much for being like Jesus!
But unlike the annual New Year’s Resolutions—that are made and broken within two weeks—becoming more like Jesus is a constant goal. It’s something we must resolve to do every morning. Paul tells us “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20) So if Christ lives in me—and in you—how do we let Him grow in us and flow from us in 2021?
In the following pages, you’ll find a 21 day devotional guide. Each day has a short reading, a few scriptures, some questions to ask yourself, and a prayer. To be sure, this isn’t a formula for a holy existence. But it is a guide to help you begin your pursuit of God in 2021. I encourage you to set aside a specific time and place to meet with God over the next 21 days. Determine right now to pursue your best spiritual life and hear what God has to say to you. Matthew 6:33 encourages us to “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.” We’re excited to hear what God has for you in 2021!