Ephesians 4:24 NAS
And put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
Every year when new years rolls around we sit down to make our new year's resolutions. At least some of us do. We tell ourselves we are going to go on a diet, get fit, that we are tired of being sick and tired all the time.
Maybe you decide this is the year you are going to get organized. You've watched all the shows showing how easy it is to put things in baskets, drawers, and shelves. This is the year you are going to do just that.
The one thing most of us do not even think about is getting our eternal lives right with our Lord Jesus Christ. We go through the motions, going to church, maybe even Sunday school. Making sure our children are in church for all the activities. Then there is the money we give to charities to help those out that are less fortunate than ourselves. We've checked off those boxes.
But have you checked off the box that belongs to your heart? Have you asked Jesus to live in your heart, or have you gone to him and confessed your sins? These two come first, confess your sins, then ask Him to live within you. Then all of the things above will automatically fall into place. You will no longer feel like you have to be in church, that you have to give money to help others. You will do these things because you want to.
Dear Heavenly Father I pray with all my heart you forgive me for my sins and live within me always. Guide me to do Your will throughout my life. Amen.