Pledge of Allegiance

Pledge of Allegiance

During his public ministry, John the Baptist endured intense interrogations. For the priests and Levites he answered questions about his identity (John 1:19-23). But for the Pharisees, he answered questions about his ideology (John 1:24-27).

Throughout his public ministry, John the Baptist gained disciples (John 1:35, 4:1-2). But, he introduced his disciples to Jesus (John 1:36). His disciples transferred their allegiance to Jesus (John 1:37).

As a child, you pledged your allegiance to your parents and their concept of Christianity. Allegiance to your parents and their concept of Christianity will sustain you only for a youthful while. To sustain you throughout your adult life, you must transfer your allegiance beyond your parents. Yes, you must transfer your allegiance to Jesus Himself. If you never transfer you allegiance beyond your parents and their concept of Christianity, you will eventually abandon your parents and their concept of Christianity.

Today, you must transfer your allegiance to Jesus. But, you ask, "What moves me to transfer my allegiance to Jesus?

Jesus, the person, compels you to transfer your pledge of allegiance. He is the honored teacher, instructor, and tutor (John 1:38, 49, 3:1-2, 4:31). He is the anointed deliverer, messiah (John 1:41, 11:27).

Jesus, the privilege, compels you to transfer your pledge of allegiance. When you transfer your allegiance, you are permitted to come into an intimate closeness with Jesus (1 John 1:38-39). One out of four has only one confidante. When you come, you also are allowed to bring your relatives into an intimate closeness with Jesus (John 1:40-42).

Today, you must transfer your allegiance to Jesus. They transferred their allegiance from something that was good to something that was better. There was nothing wrong with JB (John the Baptist) but JC (Jesus Christ) was better. Allegiance to Jesus is a matter of urgent priority (John 1:41). Transferred allegiance is the mark of successful ministry (John 1:37, 42). God wants you to transfer your allegiance today.