When he saw her, he tore his clothes and said, “Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low, and you are among those who trouble me; for I have given my word to the Lord, and I cannot take it back.” – Judges 11:35
When you said, “Yes,” to Jesus Christ, did you cross your fingers or your heart?
As a kid, in order to express the seriousness of an oath, I might have said, “Cross my heart and hope to die.” On the other hand, if I didn’t intend to keep my promise, I might have crossed my fingers in the midst of my “false promise.” Most adults remember doing this and it is why I posed the previous question. Were you serious about your surrender to Christ? I assure you; God was.
Jephthah made a serious oath before God and it cost him dearly. Perhaps, you did not know the cost of saying, “Yes,” to God when you first believed, but now you realize that “you have given your word to the Lord and cannot take it back.” Even if the price might sometimes seem too great, when you said, “Yes,” to God, your heart became His. Christ “crossed” it for you and your greatest hope is to live forever with Him.
Whatever the cost, there is now no turning back.
Masters who sacrifice for servants will receive the gift of loyalty. – Anonymous
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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