He has made us competent ministers of a new covenant–not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. -2 Corinthians 3:6
If covenant making is one of the most constant themes in the Bible, then covenant breaking has to rank right up there too. Since the beginning of recorded history we have been entering into and breaking covenant agreements with God. The Old Testament history of the people of Israel is a story of rebellion and reunion. It is a story of a people, who despite their best efforts, are constantly failing to uphold their end of the bargain and as a consequence are constantly going through the process of recommitting themselves to God’s covenant.
In the New Testament, the Passover celebration in Jerusalem served as an opportunity to remember, re-experience, and recommit to the covenant. Luke 2 tells us that Jesus grew up in a family, like many Jewish families, that traveled to Jerusalem every year for the Passover festival. And Paul writes to churches scattered all over the Mediterranean to consistently remind them to stay true to the new covenant in Christ.
The final statement in our CovenantGroup covenants is the promise that we will rededicate ourselves to God, to our church and to our CovenantGroups by revisiting our other CovenantGroup commitments each year.
We all need reminders. We all need opportunities for a fresh start, a clean slate, a new beginning. An annual opportunity to revisit our covenant commitments gives is the opportunity to take stock of where we’ve been and find new hope in where we’re headed.
When we partner with God and one another, we set our sights on lofty goals and give ourselves the talents, the energy, and the power to meet them. Remember, as we begin to live our lives together in new ways, we believe that our CovenantGroup commitments, along with God’s unfailing grace, have the power to transform our lives and our communities.
So as you continue to remember your covenant commitments, also remember God’s commitments to you. Peace. Strength. Understanding. Knowledge. Hope. Love. Forgiveness. Redemption. Grace. The presence of His life-giving Spirit. That’s something to get excited about.