As a child, I really didn’t understand the significance of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and what it meant. Now when I say the familiar words of that Pledge, I also reflect onmy allegiance to God and ask “what is the evidence of my pledged allegiance to the Creator of the universe”? Some things are tangible: I attend church regularly. I pray. I study the Bible. I serve in ministry. It’s wonderful to do all those things and those things should be done from love and obedience and not to simply check the box. But the evidence of pledged allegiance is a changed heart, a changed life and a change of direction. The Apostle Paul gave us a huge clue of what our allegiance to Christ would look like in Romans 12:2: transformed by the renewing of your mind. Have a renewed mind will motivate you to do things differently and to carry yourself differently.
My pledged allegiance to God makes me accountable to be different — in a positive and good way. Standing out as opposed to fitting in and going along doing business as usual is no longer an option. The evidence of change should also be evident to others.
Scripture for meditation: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2, New King James Version)
Embrace this truth: Change is not always easy and it may not be instantaneously, so be patient with yourself.