Here's TIME's take on the 10 most "Commonly Broken New Year's Resolutions":
- Lose Weight and Get Fit
- Quit Smoking
- Learn Something New
- Eat Healthier and Diet
- Get Out of Debt and Save Money
- Spend More Time with Family
- Travel to New Places
- Be Less Stressed
- Drink Less
Follow this link and click on the individual resolution for an article on each one.
But there's one very important resolution that TIME missed. It's a moral imperative we break all of the time without giving it much thought. Yet, according to the Bible, it's not just a matter of losing a few pounds, but of life and death!
From Exodus 31:15 we read, "You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day must be a Sabbath day of complete rest, a holy day dedicated to the LORD. Anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death."
"Relax or die!" Isn't that what God is saying here? Forget about the lists of things you need to do better, what about the resolve to rest from all of your doing?
"Anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death" seems like a gross and bizarre overreaction on God's part. In what universe does this punishment fit this crime? It makes sense that doing the wrong things should be a crime, but should failing to do nothing be a punishable offense?
Add to these questions the extreme lengths that some people have gone in their attempts to satisfy the Sabbath laws, and we see how, without an understanding of Jesus, the law quickly becomes absurd. Absent of an understanding of the promised Messiah, the law presents what appears to be a bizarre, rigid, and condemning religion.
"Relax or die!" makes no sense without Jesus; with Jesus, it makes perfect sense.
That's because Jesus IS the Sabbath rest we all so desperately need! The free gift of God's grace demands that we place our complete trust in Jesus for salvation, or die in a futile attempt to earn it ourselves. God spoke of observing the Sabbath as a life and death issue because knowing Jesus, the source of real Sabbath rest, is a matter of life and death to the soul.
Once we understand we can't possibly keep God's laws, (we can't even keep our own New Year's resolutions!) our need for Jesus becomes evident.
Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith (Galatians 3:24, NASB).
So, before you concern yourself with all of the things you could do better, make sure you have learned how to do nothing.
Let us therefore give diligence to enter into that rest, that no man fall after the same example of disobedience (Hebrews 4:11, ASV).