1. Which aspect of “covenant renewal” stands out most to you? How might you "renew your vows” to Christ this new year?
2. Do you want to recommit your life to Christ today? Do you want to embrace Jesus for your salvation for the first time?
Nothing paralyzes our lives like the attitude that things can never change. We need to remind ourselves that God can change things. Outlook determines outcome.
I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee, exalted 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 heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
God calls us to commitments of renewal that involve obedience. Our commitments to renewed obedience are based on our covenant identity as the people of God.
Howard Vanderwell & Norma de Waal Malefyt