God’s covenant with humankind dates back to the beginning. God established covenant with Adam and Eve. God established with Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God cut a covenant with Israel. The prophet Jeremiah then spoke of a New Covenant, no longer written on stone but upon the human heart
One thing is certain – though human kind falls short and hasn’t always lived up to our part of the covenant, God has and always will.
Often, in conversation with Bible study groups I will ask them the question, “What is one thing God cannot do?” They will look at me with a strange and quizzical look as if I’m off my rocker! Then, I will quickly say “The one thing God cannot do is be unfaithful.” God is always faithful; you and I are not.
John Wesley believe that those who called themselves “Methodists” should be in covenant with one another. Wesley established the covenant service that is often used by United Methodist Christians to this day.
Clergy are strongly encouraged to be in a covenant group with other clergy. District Superintendents are in covenant groups with fellow Superintendents. We have Clergy Covenant Keepers at the end of this month (please register if you haven’t to this point).
Let’s all reaffirm our commitment to be in covenant with God and one another as we enter into the promise and hope of 2017. Join me in this Covenant prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition: “I am no longer my own, but thine, Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with what thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee, exalter for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartedly yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thou are mine, and I am thine, So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.”