Pastor’s Pen: Remain faithful
By Layton Dutton
Associate Pastor of Youth
Calvary Baptist Church Evart
Some mornings it seems you wake up to spiritual battle.
This morning was one of those.
Satan or more likely his minions were not weary from a long day yesterday nor did they have trouble sleeping the night before. No, they were as powerful as ever seeking to lure me into their web of deceit. And when you are tired it is easy to give in. So why not give in? Why not just succumb to the temptation and “get it over with” so-to-speak?
I am reminded of the weddings that I have been to recently. Within the ceremony there is a part similar to this:
“Do you, (Groom), take (Bride) to be your lawful wedded wife? Will you love, honor comfort and cherish her from this day forward, forsaking all others, keeping yourself only unto her as long as you both shall live?” (emphasis added)
A groom and bride commit themselves only to each other. They put aside anyone else in the past, present or future and focus on this one individual. They dedicate themselves to one another for life. Ephesians 5:22-33 refers to this as a picture of our relationship with Christ. We are committed to Him and He is to us. 1 Corinthians 1:9 tells us that God is faithful and Romans 8:38-39 reminds us that nothing, neither death nor demons, can separate us from the love of God. Once that commitment with God is made….once you have decided to be a follower of Christ….He will remain completely true to you – for life, eternal life.
But you and I also are to remain true to Him. The vow that the groom takes also is taken by the bride. Both commit themselves for life to one another. Both are to remain true to each other until death. If you have made that commitment to God, then no matter the lure, no matter how great the temptation; remain faithful to the One who is always faithful to you.