Series: The "S" Word

Sunday, January 7th, 2018:  “Resolve to Reinvent Yourself” • Pastor David R. Stokes


Read: Deuteronomy 10:12-13


READ: Devotional


By now, most of us have already started to “rethink” some of our New Year’s Resolutions. After all, it’s been a whole week. I got to thinking about this whole annual group failure and decided something.

We all aim way too low.  

A few pounds? Save more money? Build that ship-in-bottle-model? Learn Mandarin? Eat out less? Eat out more? Eat more? I mean, these are all so predictable and, well, rather boring. Maybe the reason we fail is that our resolutions don’t really inspire us all that much.

So, I have an idea. Let’s all decide to make 2018 the year to completely reinvent ourselves—on God’s terms. Think of it. How cool would it be to be able to look back next year at this time and see some real progress in our personal growth? And maybe, just maybe, going for something so big may help us accomplish some of those predictable smaller goals that have frustrated us year after year.

Like taking more naps.

You may be thinking: “Great idea, Pastor Stokes. I’d like to grow more in 2018. But where do I start?”

I suggest the best starting point for all real growth and spiritual progress is to take one simple step. Here it is: Begin to see yourself as a SERVANT of God, not an ENTITLED child of God.

With that as a first step, the possibilities are amazing.



  • What does it mean to be a servant of God?

  • How did Jesus model this virtue?

  • How has the world’s “POV” drawn many Christians away from simple service?