I thank God for the blessings He is pouring out on our Bridges Community Church family as we are thematically studying through Acts in our worship services. There is much for us to learn from those early followers of Christ. As we brought our “Filled” series to a close on Sunday we focused on the importance of not simply pledging allegiance to the Lord, but proving our allegiance in how we live.
In her book Choosing Gratitude, Nancy Leigh DeMoss shares a pledge crafted by Russell Kelfer. This pledge, if followed with allegiant actions, would certainly demonstrate our loyalty to the Lord in significant ways:
Having been born into the kingdom of God, I do hereby acknowledge that God’s purchase of my life included all the rights and control of that life for all eternity.
I do further acknowledge that He has not guaranteed me to be free from pain or to have success or prosperity. He has not guaranteed me perfect health. He has not guaranteed me perfect parents. He has not guaranteed me perfect children. He has not guaranteed me the absence of pressures, trials, misunderstandings, or persecution.
What He has promised me is eternal life. What He has promised me is abundant life. What He has promised me is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, meekness, and self-control. He has given me all of Himself in exchange for the rights to my life…
Therefore I acknowledge this day the relinquishment of all my rights and expectations, and humbly ask Him by His grace to replace these with a grateful spirit, for whatever in His wisdom He deems to allow for my life.
Great words translated into daily actions and empowered by the Holy Spirit will most certainly demonstrate our love for God above all.