Where Does Our Allegiance Lie?

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Although it was a very soggy 4th in my part of the world yesterday, once again here in the States, we celebrated our declaration of independence from tyrannical Colonial rule on July 4, 1776.

We put out our red, white, and blue flags, gathered with friends and family, listened to patriotic concerts that stirred our souls, considered the cost of so many lives given throughout the years to protect and defend the freedoms we hold dear, and oohed and ahhed over spectacular fireworks.

Perhaps amidst our prayers of thankfulness for sacrifices made to insure we continue to be the land of the free and home of the brave one nation under God, we prayed to God the freedoms we cherish will stand firm forever, will be protected, and never yanked away from us.

As we prayed, hopefully amidst our prayers was grateful thanks for the Savior who came to this earth, lived as a man among us, yet never sinned, and gave us the ultimate freedom from the tyrannical rule of Satan.

A man who willingly laid his life down on the cross of Calvary for the sins of the world, defeated hell, sin, Satan, and death, rose from the grave, and sits at the Father’s right hand pleading our case daily until such time God tells Jesus to go get his Bride. Us. Those who have pledged our allegiance to the Lamb of God.

When I considered what it means to declare independence from tyrants and pledge allegiance to Truth, I focused on the red, white, and blue colors of the American flag, then compared those colors with Jesus’ sacrifice.

Red is the color of Christ’s blood that was shed on the cross of Calvary.

Blue is the color of the bruises that covered his tortured body.

White is the color of our sins which have been washed white as snow.

Red. White. And Blue.

We may pledge allegiance to many things.

Football teams. Schools. Churches. Jobs. Money. People. Governments. Political parties. Countries …

But our highest allegiance … our highest allegiance … belongs to Jesus Christ. The Victor, Conqueror, Mighty Warrior, King of kings and LORD of lords.

So when all is said and done, if others looked at our lives, where would they say our allegiance lies? What would they say takes higher precedence? Jesus? Or something or someone else?

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Because of this, God lifted Jesus high above everything else. He gave Him a name that is greater than any other name. So when the name of Jesus is spoken, everyone in heaven and on earth and under the earth will bow down before Him. And every tongue will say Jesus Christ is Lord. Everyone will give honor to God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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I Pledge Allegiance

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Yesterday here in the United States of America we celebrated our declaration of independence from colonial rule way back in 1776. Our flag, like many country’s flags, contains the colors red, white and blue.

As I thought about what it means to declare independence from tyrants and pledge allegiance to truth, I focused on the colors red, white, and blue. I considered the independence Christians have from Satan through the power of the blood of the Resurrected Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord. And I came up with several thoughts.

Red is the color of Christ’s blood that was shed on the cross of Calvary.courtesy pixabay

Blue is the color of the bruises that covered his tortured body.

White is the color of our sins which have been washed white as snow.

Red. White. And Blue.

Though we may pledge allegiance to a country, our true and utmost allegiance belongs to The Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world through his sacrifice on the cross.

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Because of this, God lifted Jesus high above everything else. He gave Him a name that is greater than any other name. So when the name of Jesus is spoken, everyone in heaven and on earth and under the earth will bow down before Him. And every tongue will say Jesus Christ is Lord. Everyone will give honor to God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Success And Significance

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Chip MacGregor, of MacGregor Literary, recently wrote a blog post that discussed success and significance which I found enlightening. Not because of words of wisdom for his intended audience of writers, but because of one sentence he wrote near the end of his post regarding judgement that applies to every human walking this earth.

His point was this: judgment happens at the end of time, not at the moment of our death.

As I wrap up eight months of intensive study in the book of Revelation, the subject of God’s final judgement at the end of time is fresh on my mind. Reading Chip’s post, however, gave me a perspective regarding this coming event I’d never considered before.

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Perhaps it is a new way of looking at the end times for you as well.

Let me explain.

Chip gave an example of a man who influenced his young life, and stated the impact of that one man’s life, of any life, cannot be measured until the end of time.

Have you ever considered that? I hadn’t.

It isn’t when we die that our life stops impacting people. It isn’t when our children die. Or our grandchildren. It is not until God sends his son, Jesus, back to his fallen world that the full measure of how our lives influenced the world around us will be known.

Shortly before my mother died, she told me she was afraid she would be forgotten. Another friend asked that after he died, his family think about him every now and again.

We don’t want to be forgotten, do we?

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We want our lives to matter. We want to hear God say on the day he calls us home to him in heaven, “Well done good and faithful servant”. And it won’t be until the very day when Christ established his new heaven and new earth we will be able to know just how far and wide the influence of our lives actually extended.

Back to Chip’s post on success and significance. He said because our lives impact others in ways we may never know, significance matters more than success.

Do you agree or disagree?

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Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. 1 Thessalonians 4:11 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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