Today’s Bible readings
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” — Luke 22:19-20
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” — John 13:34-5
More thoughts for meditation
We believe all who come to be part of Circle of Hope should have the opportunity to make a covenant as a further step of obedient, fullness-seeking discipleship. Making a covenant is saying, “I am with you. I want to express the same kind of public covenant love that Jesus expresses.”
By committing to a common covenant we are taking a practical step to live out the New Testament vision of Jesus-followers living together and acting as His body. We want to be connected as visible members of the church, as the scripture describes:
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. — Ephesians 4:22-5
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. — Colossians 3: 13-15
But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. — 1 Corinthians 12:24-27
Making a visible covenant is a way to live out these teachings from the Bible. Most of all, it is a way to respond to the call of Jesus to join in a new covenant with him, in His blood, a covenant centered on the new command to love as He loves.
Suggestions for action
Have you taken the cup Jesus offers you and made that covenant with him? Do you belong to him as He does to you? Have you become family?
Likewise, have you made a face-to-face covenant with people you can love like Jesus loves you. Do you belong to them like they belong to Jesus? Have you become family?
Consider how you answer the questions — not to judge, but to relate to Jesus.