We are twelve days into the new year. Just a few days ago now, everyone was talking resolutions, renewed focus, and refreshed outlook. One of the suggestions I heard go around was the idea of choosing a specific word to make "yours" for the year. In many ways I think this is a great idea. It's simple, concise, and can be an instant reminder to keep focused on something the Lord desires you to work on. Just fifteen minutes after the turn of the new year, inspired by something a friend said to me, I decided to do this and I had my word.
In the midst of wishing people a happy new year, a friend and I were conversing about the need to live for Christ ever more as the days go by and the need to encourage those around us to do the same. It was during this discussion at 12:15am that my friend remarked, "Let's make sure others see Christ undeniably in us." I wholeheartedly agreed and that was it, 'undeniable' became my word for this year.
It's such a perfect word that contains so much meaning. We, those who are following Christ and living for Him, should be doing so in a way that is absolutely undeniable to those around us. 'Undeniably' should be the response when people wonder if we follow Jesus. 'Undeniably' should be the answer when people ask if we love the Lord. 'Undeniably' should be the way we live for the Lord and cling to His Word, seek His will, and obey His commands. Undeniably - without any doubt or question whatsoever.
There should be no aspect of this life that is not touched by Christ. Our desires, motivations, actions, thoughts, and the sum total of our purpose should be totally Christ-centered, Christ-focused, and undeniably dedicated to Him. It doesn't matter who we are, what job we hold, whether we are single, married, have five kids or one, our lives belong to Christ. As such, we should live in a way that is undeniably dedicated to Him. That is my focus for this New Year. What is yours?