Another year has come and gone. 2012 has faded away and 2013 is here and filled with promise and potential.
It’s that time of year when we start to think about resolutions. Most of resolutions involve us doing more of something or less of something else. Most of our resolutions will ultimately fade away by the end of January 2013 (Just watch what happens at a gym in the first few weeks of the year!).
But what if we could do more than just make a resolution? What if we could renew a covenant? A covenant is a solemn agreement, between us and ultimately with God, that we will work together for the mission of serving God and making disciples.
As I’ve been thinking about covenants, I’m reminded of John Wesley’s Covenant Prayer. This prayer was written in the late 1700s and, even with a few language updates, it remains a powerful and challenging prayer. As we begin this New Year together, I’m going to challenge you to pray this prayer and make this our covenant as we begin 2013:
I am no longer my own, but yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will; put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed by you, or laid aside by you, exalted by you or brought low by you. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you are mine, and I am yours. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.
Love God. Love People. Do Stuff.