The new year is here, and many things need to be done in our lives to draw us closer to the Lord and to prompt us to spiritual service for Christ Jesus.
Now that we are the children of God, have been chosen and redeemed by Jesus Christ, and are his servants and soldiers, it is incumbent upon us to do something.
It is all well and good to be saved and to believe the doctrines of the Bible, but it is not enough to believe and be at ease in Zion; we all need to be busy about the Father's business. There are many things that we can do to enhance our lives spiritually.
Many are babes still because of the lack of biblical study and meditation. This should be a daily effort. God's word is necessary for our spiritual growth. We should present our bodies as living sacrifices to God (Romans 12:1-3), not being conformed to the world but transformed by the renewing of our minds. We should listen to God's word and be obedient to it, since it is God's truth for us as believers. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, then you are a believer in his word, the Bible.
Then we need to refrain ourselves from worldly activity such as using our tongues for evil and our lips in a vile way (1 Peter 3:10). We should refrain from petty habits: smoking, drinking, cursing, drugs, anger, selfishness, arrogance, etc., not thinking of ourselves more highly than we should but rather have the mind of Christ, thinking of others, not simply on our own things (Philippians 2:4-5).
We are not holy except as God has declared us to be so, but we should represent holiness in our lives as the high priest in Israel wore a gold plate on his forehead with the words HOLINESS TO THE LORD, even though he was not really holy. He was representing holiness and knew that he should live in holiness. The Bible says "Be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God" and "Be ye holy; for I am holy" (Lev. 20:7; 1 Peter 1:16).