My heart beat fast as I gazed at the red, white and blue of the huge American flag that covered the front wall of the court room. The stars seem to sparkle as my parents, my brother and I raised our right hand.
We repeated the customary pledge: I renounce my Bolivian citizenship and pledge my allegiance to the United States of America.
At 17-years-old, I said it. I believed it. And awe filled me. I was now an American citizen. A new identity marked me. Not an “alien” or foreigner anymore, but a citizen of the land.
Sad to admit, that sense of wonder faded through the decades. But one that still explodes with fireworks in me is another pledge that was given in the courtroom of my heart.
I stood before a wall of my sins, accustomed to fear and living in the prison of uncertainty. Then God whispered to my soul: “… if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved” (Romans 10:9-10).
Father, thank you for giving me the way to be saved from eternal fire. I had been an alien in the land of freedom. But when I pronounced the pledge to follow you, all changed. I’m now a citizen of a new country, where eternal security reigns, daily peace passes through and joy overflows. In Jesus’s name, amen.
- What is your allegiance to these days?
- Are you walking in the land of spiritual freedom?
- What keeps you from believing the plan to be saved is as simple as God says?
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