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Commitment or Covenant?
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

I Chronicles 16:14-18

"He is the LORD our God; His judgments are in all the earth. He remembers His covenant forever, the word He commanded for a thousand generations, the covenant He made with Abraham, the oath He swore to Isaac. He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant: To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit."

Last Friday the Daily-E-Votional dealt with the Covenant of Praise. I received a response from a very dear friend, who included a bulletin insert that her pastor includes about once a year. There are five items that are included and the pastor asks that those who are willing, to sign and date their intention of entering into these principles. The inserts are not to be turned in, but retained by the one who has made a commitment. Let me share them with you:

1. To worship regularly with the Christian community on Sunday (Hebrews 10:24-25) and to cultivate a lifestyle of worship through the practice of the spiritual disciplines of Bible study, prayer, fasting, etc. (Romans 12:1-2)

2. To be in a Life Group (small group ministry) as a means of connecting to God and one another in a smaller community experience as a means of developing stronger and more authentic relationships with God and each other. (Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 3:14-21)

3. To be a lifelong learner of Jesus Christ by taking advantage of the various opportunities to grow spiritually (Adult Education, Spiritual Renewal Conference, etc.) as a means of learning more about loving God with my mind, living in authentic community and pouring myself into a ministry, mission or service project. (II Timothy 2:2 and 3:16; Colossians 1:28 and 4:2)

4. To live a whole life of stewardship that is guided by the movement of grace and gratitude, recognizing that I am graced by God with time, talents and treasure and that I am called to respond to that grace with a lifestyle of gratitude by aspiring to (giving of my time) in worship, ministry and mission of the church; by aspiring to give a tenth or more of my income to further the worship, ministry and mission of the church. (Romans 12:3-8; II Corinthians 9:6-15; Ephesians 4:1-16)

5. To intentionally seek opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed with those who do not yet know Christ because God has called each of us to be a sign of God's love to the whole world. (Psalm 67:2; Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; I Peter 3:15-16)


Signature Date

Wow! I would encourage you to prayerfully consider signing these five areas of commitment. But before you do, let me suggest something to you. God calls us to enter into a Covenant relationship with Him. That Covenant is bathed in the blood of His own dear Son, Jesus Christ.

As I have shared many times, back before the days of contracts there was a covenant ceremony. The two people who were entering into the covenant would kill an animal and cut it in two pieces. They would join hands and as they walked between the pieces of the slain animal they would utter together; "May it be done unto me as has been done to this animal if ever I break this covenant." That my precious friend is powerful!

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil


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