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John Wesley's Covenant Prayer

An attitude of service to others results from God making you a new creation… the old selfish self is gone!

A Covenant Prayer
“Let Me Be Employed by You” – Part II

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 12:7
A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.

When thinking about God employing us for a task that He has also equipped us for, consider Ephesians 2:10:

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

This verse reminds us that God has put into each of us His unique and creative touch. It is God who forms us and prepares us for the task that He chooses for us to do. The Apostle Paul put it this way in his letter to the Corinthians:

And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. (2 Corinthians 5:15) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!  (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Take a moment and let the truths of these two verses settle into your mind. First, once we are Christ-followers, we no longer live for ourselves. Second, the attitude of service to others is the result of God making us a new creation… the old selfish self is gone!

Now let’s return to Ephesians 2:10 and consider the purpose of God’s creative handiwork “to do good works”. We understand that God sent Jesus to save us from our sins, but we do not often include in that purpose that God saved us to do good works! In other words, we are to live like Jesus, who described His purpose as:

“…whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26b-28)

Are you ready to pray this part of the Covenant Prayer: “Let me be employed by You”? Are you ready to turn your life over to a God who loves you and has a purpose for your life?

Imagine what God could do if you gave Him full permission to use you as He wishes! You can never fully imagine the powerful things that God has in mind for your life. If God did reveal the future of your life in Him, a sense of inadequacy would overwhelm you.

The Holy Spirit reminds us that “in our weakness He is strong!” (2 Corinthians 12:10). I hope you pray the Covenant Prayer and walk in obedience to Him!

Father, let me be employed by You, doing the work that You planned for me to do! I will go where You want me to do what You want me to do. I pray this in Jesus’s Name, amen.