FROM THE DIRECTOR'S DESK~
According to the dictionary, a pledge is a solemn promise or undertaking. Today we are familiar with several different types of pledges. We pledge allegiance to the American flag, to the Christian flag, to the Bible, and a less known pledge, our state flag. The business world has incorporated new ones as well. Safety, respect, and equality pledges just to name a few. All of these are a deep sincere commitment to a statement or action that binds someone to its content and purpose. We find an opportunity in the Word to make a pledge to God as we surrender to Him. “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.
What truths from His death can we see that will solidify our commitment to this pledge of surrender? (1) His death was a sacrifice for once and for all; (2) His death was not for himself, but for you and me; (3) His death was to satisfy the penalty of and make amends for sin; (4) His death satisfied God’s righteous nature; (5) His death completed God’s redemptive work, and (6) His death was one of victory over death, hell, and the grave. The actions of Jesus death and resurrection on our behalf should compel us to take this pledge of surrender: “He died for me; I’ll live for Him.”
What can we do to live for Him? We must put our relationship with God first, live by faith, spend time in prayer, study and believe God’s Word, get involved in a local body of believers, give time in serving others, and share God’s love with those that we meet. This is not an exhaustive list of what we can do, but one that we all can continue to do or begin. Living for Christ is the way that we give Him praise and honor for what He has done for us. Today, let us all with confidence and commitment take this pledge of surrender: “He died for me; I’ll live for Him.” ~ God’s blessings, protection, and favor to all.