Often times as Christians we find that when walking with Jesus, Satan is never to far behind. And during our lives we can find ourselves starting to carry the burden of the world on our shoulders. So when this happens, as Christians we rely on the word God to pick us up and to recharge our soul and spirit.
Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold...but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot (1 Peter 1:18, 19 N.K.J.V.).
How valuable is the soul of woman/ man? This question can be answered only by looking to Gods word. The most dramatic means of depicting the value of the soul is through the figure of redemption. Man was created to glorify his Creator. Here is where the problem arises. When woman/man yields to sin we become a slave to sin (Romans 6:16). We are under the dominion of the devil. If woman/man are to ever regain the right relationship with God, something had to be done to effectively deal with the problem of sin. The blood of Christ is the price God paid to make redemption possible. Through the vicarious death of Christ, God can deal justly with sin and at the same time justify the one who accepts his provisions for justification (Romans 3:25, 26). One receives the benefits of Christ s blood (redemption), when he is
buried with Christ through baptism. At this point one becomes dead to sin, freed from the dominion of sin (see Romans 6:4-7). Being freed from the dominion of sin, one can then be used as an instrument of righteousness in service to God (Romans 6:12, 13).
The blessing which the Christian enjoys as a result of redemption is that of forgiveness of his sins. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins... (Ephesians 1:7 N.K.J.V). Sin is pictured as a debt of such magnitude that woman/man has no hope of ever being able to repay. This point is illustrated in a parable taught by Jesus beginning in Matthew 18:24. The Lord tells of a king who had a servant who owed his master a great sum of money which he could not pay. The master had compassion on the servant, released him, and forgave him the debt (Matthew 18:24-27). Woman/man can never repay the debt incurred by there sin. If one were able to live a perfect life after committing only one sin it would not make up for there transgression.
As a Christian.
We've been purchased by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to him we dedicate our self's without reservation. We will obey his commands, follow his example, and make his glory and that of his Father our highest goal. We will allow nothing to hinder our devotion to him--not work, not recreation, not even the members of our family. We will live for him, and should it be his will, We will die for him.
We are soldiers of Jesus Christ.
We vow to take up our cross daily and follow him, denying our self and doing battle with our flesh, the world, and the devil, in order that God may be glorified in our life and among all the peoples of the world. We will be a woman/man of prayer, a woman/man of the Word, a woman/man of integrity, a woman/man of God. We will endure hardship without complaint. We will strive to grow steadily in our knowledge of Scripture and sound doctrine. We will fix our mind and heart on things above, not on earthly things. Until we draw our last breath, We will fight the good fight and contend earnestly for the faith once for all entrusted to the saints.
We are ambassadors of Jesus Christ.
We will take every opportunity to encourage others to follow him. At work and in the community we will let our faith in him be known, and with gentleness and respect we will give an answer to everyone who asks us the reason for our hope in him. At home we will set the members of our family an example of dedication to Christ and will rise to the challenge of leading them closer to him. We will strive to be joyful, to pray continually, to give thanks in all circumstances, to avoid every kind of evil.
I am a brother of the Son of Man.
As a man, I accept with other men the burden of primary spiritual leadership in home and church, and I endeavor to lead in the spirit of the One who came not to be served but to serve.
I vow to treat all women with respect, courtesy, and purity. If God chooses to give me a wife, I will seek to provide for her and to love her as Christ loves his church; if children, to gently bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
I will be kind and considerate. I will be financially responsible. I will engage in sexual relations only within marriage and will marry only within the faith.
I will not overwork, bow down to the idols of wealth and professional success, or allow recreational activities to take priority over the needs of my family.
I will not violate my marriage vow. I renounce all use of physical, verbal, and emotional abuse in my relationships. I will not run from conflicts but will learn to resolve them. When I am in the wrong, I will have the courage to admit my failings and ask forgiveness of those I have hurt. I will be a defender and protector of women, children, the elderly, the needy, and the weak.
And now, Heavenly Father, hear our vow and our prayer.
Give us an undivided heart to love and obey you. Give us your good Spirit to guide us and good brothers and sisters to encourage us. Sanctify us through and through. Make us a true disciple of Jesus and a true Christian woman/man. Amen.