One of Jonathan Edward’s most admirable qualities was his humility. The test of a man’s character isn’t found in how infrequent he falls, but rather how often many times he gets back up, dusts himself off, and serves the Lord. Repentance is the changing of the mind based upon the conviction of the heart. May we all be people of humility and character.
Today’s resolution doesn’t make much sense out of context. Edwards is saying that he is committed to find and promote ways to glorify God that he may be unfamiliar with. This is the great biblical principle of 1 Corinthians 10:31. “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” So instead of rushing through the rat race of life today, take time to glorify God in every step, even the ones you do not typically think of. God is all in all. Ephesians 4:6 says, “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
Jonathan Edwards was America’s greatest theologian. Even at the young age of 19, he proved that he was quite aware of his calling to be holy by writing 70 Resolutions. Take heart Millennials! Edwards would read his Resolutions once each week as a reminder of his life calling. He did this for over over 35 years. Prior to entering heaven in 1758, Edwards read them over 1800 times.
Each Thursday I will be posting one resolution of the Jonathan Edwards. I hope that these are a blessing and challenge to us all to serve our God better.
“Resolved, That I will do whatsoever I think to be most to the glory of God, and my own good, profit, and pleasure, in the whole of my duration; without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriads of ages hence. Resolved, to do whatever I think to be my duty, and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved, so to do, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many soever, and how great soever.”