Allegiance to Christ
Monday, April 20
There is a pesky theme in the New Testament that just won’t go away. It seems that a discontentment with this world is necessary to live the life of a disciple. We are reminded often of the perishability of stuff and the inevitability of suffering. But I hate suffering, and I really like stuff. Yet Peter says trials and griefs come to prove the genuineness of our faith.
“Faith” can be a sloppy word for Christians. Sometimes we use it so glibly and often that it can easily lose its meaning. A book I read suggested that when we find “faith” in the Bible, we should try replacing it with “allegiance.” If the sentence still makes sense, then we may be closer to the author’s original intent. I find that exercise helpful in this passage. It is our allegiance to Jesus our Savior, even amidst all the suffering and the stuff this world offers, that truly matters.
Lord Jesus, may my allegiance be to you today before all else. AMEN.