For most people, the New Year is seen a time of improvement for oneself. It is likely that the most frequent question you have been faced with this month is “Oh, so what is your New Year’s Resolution?” Statistic Brain’s published the most recent responses to that exact question for the year of 2017:
Rank Top Resolutions %
1 Lose Weight/ Healthier Eating 21.4
2 Life/ Self Improvements 12.3
3 Better Financial Decisions 8.5
4 Quit Smoking 7.1
5 Do More Exciting Thing 6.3
6 Spend Time with Family/ Friends 6.2
7 Work Out More Often 5.5
8 Learn Something New on my Own 5.3
9 Do More Good Deeds for Others 5.2
10 Find the Love of my Life 4.3
11 Find a Better Job 4.1
---- Other 13.8
Are any of them relatable to your personal change?
Last Sunday, Jordan (the pastor at Antioch Ann Arbor) presented the same cultural question with a biblical twist. He referenced first Corinthians chapter three verse two (1 Cor 3.2), which says “I gave you spiritual milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.” This correlates with the New Year by emphasizing the notion that spiritual growth can be an area for intentional improvement as well - not just physical, mental, and emotional.
At the time that the letter was written, the citizens of Corinth were going through their own process of imitating Christ. Paul addressed the idea that the place they were at was of low maturity in the Spirit. They were given a simpler resolution, one of “milk.”
No matter where you are at spirituality, there is always room for growth; don’t be discouraged if you still need “milk.” At times, I think we all need to be fed metaphorical milk, instead of solid food. I would encourage you to take this New Year’s resolution as one distinct from more mundane or worldly resolutions. Instead, ponder how you can grow in the Spirit with the help of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer.
About the Author: Gabby Sines is a student at Washtenaw Community College and a scholar of the History of the Near East. Her favorite animal is the giraffe, and she strives for her primary aspiration to be to glorify the Lord in everything.
“New Years Resolutions Statistics.” Statistics Brain, 1 January 2017, https://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/. Accessed 13 January 2018.