As long as you’re not a robot, you want a better you. Goals and resolutions are about the need to improve. The New Year brings on these thoughts so strongly because it reminds us of everything that didn’t happen in the last 12 months. By nature, then, our resolutions focus on the negative—that which we’re not. But when God set out to save all of us, by sending his Son to bear our sins, he determined something positive: we are worth saving. As a result, he believes in what we will be—people loving him and others fully (John 3:16–17; 17; Isaiah 53:10–12). Here are two positive ways you can move toward what God has decided you can achieve. I’ll use Faithlife products and resources to demonstrate these two practical ways to stay engaged.
1. Read what God has to say, daily.
Much of what is learned is merely temporary, but what God has to offer lasts for eternity. The investment in knowledge for knowledge’s sake is useless. This seems backward to many, but it was clear to the apostle Paul: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the intelligence of the intelligent I will confound’”(1 Corinthians 1:18–19 LEB; compare Isaiah 29:14). God wants us to emphasize the message of the cross in our lives. Something so important should never be demoted to a status lower than the daily news. So make it your priority, daily, this year. Use the 365-Day Connect the Testaments reading plan, and follow through each day. (Using the Logos app, you can even export your reading to an Outlook calendar time with a reminder.) It’s not too late to start—just press “catch up,” when you begin, on Faithlife.com or in the Logos app.
2. Listen to what God says, often.
“For who among men knows the things of a man, except the spirit of the man that is in him? Thus also no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God” (1 Corinthians 2:11 LEB). To know God, and his ways, we must seek his Spirit through prayer. For this purpose, we designed Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional, which is currently available for free with the Faithlife Study Bible app. Each devotional ends with a reflection question to help you listen to God. And the current Bible reading plan is designed to work with Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional, so that you have a seamless experience of the Bible each day. The devotional makes sense of the text, how it connects to itself, and helps you reflect on what God wants to do in your life. And on top of it all, when used in conjunction with the 365-Day Connect the Testaments Reading Plan, you’ll end up reading the Bible, in a fun format, over the course of the year.
See what the Bible has to say, using the Faithlife app as a catalyst. See the connections in the Bible, see the connections to your life, and see the connections to the lives of others—begin Read the Bible together today.