In my last post, my intent was to put some wind to our sails, as we thrust ourselves into the year before us. Now I turn to Jonathan Edwards’ Resolution #30:
“Resolved, to strive to my utmost every week to be brought higher in religion, and to a higher exercise of grace, than I was the week before.”
A clarification is in order before we proceed: by “religion,” Edwards has in mind “divinity,” “theology”–the study of God, his attributes and his works in the world. In other words, the chief object of all Edwards’ striving–is God himself.
Moving on from this clarification, immediately we are confronted with the disciplined life of Edwards. Remember, with the help of God, Edwards’ desire was to read his Resolutions every week. Clearly, he did not want to forget them. They served as guiding principles, if you will. And this calls for discipline–the kind of discipline every believer has been summoned to (1 Cor. 9:24-27).
Next, in this resolution, Edwards was clear about his objective. He knew exactly what he was striving for every week with his “utmost.” It was “to be brought higher in religion, and to a higher exercise of grace, than I was the week before”–consequently, to God himself.
This need “to be brought higher in religion, and to a higher exercise of grace” is the need of every believer as well. When this happens, not only will our devotion to God more constant, but our love for one another as well.
I’m sure there’s a lot more that can be said about this Resolution.