It is always good to revisit this prayer from John Wesley each year. There is a sense of beginnings and renewal in the world for those few suspended moments as we begin a new year. The task for us is keeping our commitments. How do we keep these commitments as followers, apprentices of Christ as leaders of the church? Discipleship has always come at a cost, and in this day and time of the 24-hour news cycle where we are no longer the holders of information, and where media and technology give each of us access to anything we can dream, discipleship becomes more difficult to live out and to share with those who are seeking. And more difficult for us as followers.
But Discipleship is a necessary way of living if we are to call ourselves followers of Jesus Christ. God is always creating a new thing in us. It is up to us to use the gifts that God gave us to live into and share God with one another. AND It is never too early.
Our children, at their youngest, are trying to figure out what to trust. Since they do not yet have the ability to speak or understand words, it is our actions that help them to know who loves them and who does not. We may say to an infant that we love him, but if we do not feed him, hold him, change him, cuddle him, laugh and play with him, soothe him when he is hurting, nor look into his eyes, then that baby knows we do not love him.
He seeks love and comfort wherever he can find it, just like those who walk through the doors of the church for the first time, or those we encounter in our work out in the community. Our covenant with God must go beyond words and planning meetings. It is our actions that speak the loudest. Let us, by our actions, live into our covenant with God.