What are some spiritual New Year’s resolutions for 2022?
- Join a Bible-believing church
- Read God’s Word daily and follow His commands
- Trust God more
- Find rest in God
- Spread the Gospel
Every year, people make New Year’s resolutions as a way to set intentions about what they want to do moving forward. A lot of times, these resolutions encompass physical health, relationships, self-care, hobbies, and finances. But what about spiritual growth? Having a desire to deepen your relationship with God is a worthy goal to make this year and the rest of the years in your life. Here are some spiritual New Year’s resolutions for 2022 to consider. Kick off the year right by putting God first!
Join a Bible-Believing church
Despite the quarantine lockdowns and uncertainties, church communities continued to meet and bring others to Christ. Joining a Bible-believing church can offer you support in your spiritual journey.
In moments, both difficult and mundane, you might be surprised how comforting it is to have friends who rely on prayer and Scripture reading when they get together. They can help provide you with a better outlook and resilience, especially when you are faced with illness or a major change in your life.
This 2022, get involved more with your local community. Join a discipleship group and grow your faith! Keep in mind that getting involved with a faith community doesn’t only mean getting together in a church building. During the pandemic, you can safely meet and encourage one another in faith through online video conference platforms.
Read God’s Word Daily and Follow His commands
The Bible is the Word of God. It is the direct line of communication from the Lord. It is the blueprint for how followers of Christ should live and it contains all of His promises. If you’re not yet getting into the habit of reading the Bible every day, this might be the perfect new resolution for 2022.
The verse Matthew 4:4 highlights the importance of reading the Scriptures in spiritual growth. It reads, “Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God”. We receive sustenance from reading the Scriptures. This year, why not commit to reading or memorizing at least one verse a week? After 2022, you will have 52 verses to meditate on as you journey in life.
Trust God More
It is inevitable to get stressed when your plans change or experience other challenges. For many, the pandemic caused canceled vacations, strained relationships, and illnesses. Others had lost their jobs, while fortunate employees had to work from home, and students had to adapt to distance learning setups.
Amidst all the struggles brought about by the pandemic, God was still with us and brought us blessings. Many people learned new hobbies, found new ways of accomplishing goals, and improved their relationship with Christ.
This 2022, no matter what challenge you encounter, make it a resolution to trust God more. Create plans loosely, knowing that everything works according to God’s plan. He is at work.
Keep the verse Romans 8:28 close to your heart which reads, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”. Who knows? There might be challenges that are actually “plot twists” for your life this 2022.
Find Rest In God
Nowadays, living is so fast-paced that we continuously battle exhaustion. Everyone has to meet never-ending demands. But if you want to grow spiritually, don’t forget to take time to rest. Psalm 46:10 reads, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth”. It is only when we are still that we understand He is God.
Take your times of solitude by having dedicated quiet times. Set aside a time each day to have fellowship with the Lord. The past years proved that we needed to rely on God for everything. It is only through Him that we can find rest. Psalm 62:1 reads, “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him”
Spread The Gospel
During these times, more and more people experience great uncertainty and fear. The world needs spiritual direction more than ever.
That’s what you can give. Spread the Word of God. Talk about how believers of Christ can be forgiven for their sins and reap the promise of eternal life. According to Mark 16:15, we are commanded to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation”. There’s probably nothing more fulfilling than being able to bring others to Christ.
If you’re seeking to make your spiritual New Year’s resolution for 2022, we hope you can remain intentional with them. The new year marks the start of new beginnings. Aside from all other goals, you have this year. Thus, may you also prioritize deepening your relationship with Christ.