Jonathan Edwards wrote 70 resolution at the age of 19. These resolutions were written in an attempt to live a life that glorifies God.
While the average 19 year old today, is worried about breaking a record on the video game they play, or the fact that they weren’t invited to the cool party, Jonathan Edwards strove to live differently. He wanted to make sure that the Lord was on the forefront of his mind, no matter what he did. And to ensure that he would be able to do this, he wrote 70 resolutions to motivate himself to this task.
Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake. Remember to read over these resolutions once a week.
Over the next months we will be looking at each resolution, one by one, in order to glean a little from such an extraordinary young man.
Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory and to 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 to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how ever so many and how ever so great.
It is interesting that he connects God’s glory with our own good. Jonathan Edwards at such a young age understood that when we live for God’s glory, not only do we have less trouble, but we also enjoy life most. A lot of young people I talk to see God as the fun police, trying to take away things, rather than the one who gave the gifts in the first place. There is nothing more freeing that living in obedience to the Lord. Jonathan Edwards goes on to talk about the fact that he is resolved to live for the good of everyone around him. He is so committed to this task that he will continue to do this despite the difficulties he might meet. This reminds me of the man in Psalm 15 who “Swears to his own hurt and does not change”. This verse is saying that if you say you are going to do something, and circumstances change so that what you promised has now become very difficult, that you will keep your promise and not back out. Imagine if people lived this way! Where people kept their promises no matter what. We are called to, as believers, to live different from the world. Before knowing Christ man asks themselves, “what can I do to bring glory to myself?” now as a believer we ask a different question, “What can I do to bring glory to God?”.
May we all strive each day to live to the Glory of God.