2 Chronicles 23:16 Make A Contract

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Jehoiada then made a covenant that he, the people and the king would be the LORD’s people. 2 Chronicles 23:16 

Contracts are made every day around the world. Most contracts are done between a person and a business or between two businesses. They are done to protect both parties in the contract.

In the contract are the rules of how each party will act or react and what the consequences will be for either action. It is an agreement that both parties will do or not do something very specific. If an action, that is supposed to be done, is not done, then there will be a negative consequence.

Most contracts are written down as a permanent record of the agreement. There are also many that are done verbally, just off of the words said.

Jehoiada was the priest of God who helped lead the people back to God. As Joash was made king, Jehoiada helped guide him in leading Judah. One of the things Jehoiada did was make a covenant with the people and the king for everyone to be God’s people. They were to go back to serving and worshipping God and not the idols of the land.

A covenant was the old way of saying a contract, or an agreement. God had called the people to His people, so the covenant was agreeing with God to be His people and making it official.

Although a written contract is not done when working with God, people today can make a contract with God to serve Him and be His people. It is making a agreement with God to serve Him alone and obey all of His commands. It is agreeing to build His kingdom for His glory.

When Jesus died on the cross, He made it possible to become God’s people in His kingdom. All a person must do is agree to the contract Jesus made possible, to believe in Him and serve God with all of one’s heart.

Make the choice today to sign a contract with God to be His people. He wants you to be His child in His family and His kingdom. All you must do to be saved and become His child is believe in what Jesus did–dying on the cross, raising from the dead and removing all sins. Then dedicate your life to serve God with everything in you.

Jesus paid the price for the contract, will you accept it today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will make a contract with God to be His people; that you will agree to live your life for God; and that you will do the work God has for you in this world. 

Luke 23:46 Committing Your Spirit

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Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father into your hands I commit my spirit.” Luke 23:46

As Jesus hung on the cross, dying, He felt as though His Father had abandoned Him. Yet, He asked His Father, God, to forgive the people. Then at the very end He committed His spirit into the hands of His Father. Immediately after saying this, Jesus died.

It is difficult for a person to allow someone else to have complete control over himself. This is especially true when it involves one’s life. If the person being trusted with complete control does not do what is expected, then death or extreme suffering will occur.

Trapeze artists and mountaineers have complete trust with their lives in the hands of another person. As the trapeze artist is hanging in the air by the hands of another person, he trusts that the other person will not let go. While the mountaineer is climbing, he is trusting his life to the other one that he will keep a hold of the rope and not make any deadly mistakes.

Jesus had cried out to the Father, asking Him why He was abandoned. God had turned His back on Jesus because of all the sin He was bearing. However, Jesus knew that He was doing exactly what the Father wanted Him to do.

Although it appeared as if God had completely abandoned Jesus, He did not. Jesus also knew the character of His Father and trusted in what He knew to be true. As He breathed His last breathes, He committed His Spirit into the hands of the Father. He knew that God would do what He said He would do. He trusted His Father to not fail.

As you go through the days of your life, there will be times God will ask you to do something that is crazy or may be dangerous. Fear will try to rise up in you and cause you to back down. Just as Jesus did, you must keep going forward. Commit your life and spirit to God and trust Him.

God will not leave you. God will not do or allow anything more or less than is absolutely required. Commit your spirit to Him and trust His words and love for you. Trust that He will take care of you in the end. Do not hold your life, but give it to Jesus.

I pray today that you will be committed to Jesus; that you will trust God with your whole life and death; that you will obey all of God’s commands to you; and that you will see God’s hand at work in your life.