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.