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05/01/2017

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I Pledge Allegiance


"Why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say?" (Lk.6:46).

"On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help others at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight."

Allegiance is an interesting thing, wouldn't you agree? I remember raising my right arm as a nine year old, with two fingers in the air, and reciting The Scout Oath... All the traits in the oath were to lead one to The Scout Law... A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. The scout pledged allegiance to that as an American pledges allegiance to the flag. In today's verse, Jesus in His own in inimitable way, is asking us to pledge allegiance to him. It is a very straight forward, to the point, statement/question... "Why do you call me, Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say?" I believe that Jesus' question is posed to those who might have divided allegiances. These folks are not out and out enemies of Christ. Neither is the Lord speaking to those who ignore Him, who attempt to be neutral, which of necessity makes them enemies of Christ... "He who is not with Me is against me..." (Matt.12:30). Neither is Jesus talking to those who are wholeheartedly for Him. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your mind" (Matt.22:37). Here's the kicker... Jesus is speaking to those who say, Lord, Lord. The "them", and lets be careful that the "them" is not us, are those who refuse to render wholehearted service to Him. It seems to be a problem of divided allegiance. This week's devotionals will be devoted to this very rule that Jesus puts out there for us. "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other..." (Matt.6:24). Jesus' rule about doing what He says has far-reaching aspects to it. The sin implied here is not one of overt hate or love of Jesus. It is more about knowing what is right, and not pledging one's allegiance to it. To be a good Christian, is to be a good scout...

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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