Personal Journal

[Tract] My Magical Wedding Ring

I have a magical wedding ring. When I put it on, I am married. When I take it off, I am not. It’s amazingly convenient. When I desire the companionship, emotional support, and stability of a wife, I simply put it on. When I desire to have the freedom of a single man, I take it off.

This, of course, is ridiculous.

If a person indeed is married, simply taking off the ring means nothing. And if a person is not married, putting on a ring means nothing.

Marriage is much more than a ring. It’s a life-long commitment to another person, through the good and bad. The ring is just a symbol of that commitment. If a person doesn’t live according to that commitment, the ring means nothing.

We understand this in regards to marriage, but many people do not when it comes to God. It doesn’t matter so much if you have been baptized, confirmed, or said a prayer. What matters is if you have made (and intend to keep) a life-long commitment to love and serve God.

Many people treat God like a disposable spouse. When they need him they put the ring on. When they don’t, they take the ring off.

But let me tell you, it doesn’t work that way. God knows your heart. He has promised eternal life only to those who will forsake all else and cling to Jesus. Jesus died on the cross for our sins and then rose from the dead. To serve Him is to die like Him (to our own desires), and live for Him (following His commands). God accepts nothing else.

God has provided a way for us to escape His wrath in the days to come. The way is Jesus. We must commit ourselves completely to Him. Being baptized, confirmed, or saying a prayer isn’t going to cut it. A life-long commitment is what He will accept, and nothing less.

But let me tell you, it’s the best commitment you could ever make. Nobody will ever be as good to you as Jesus will. And that’s the truth.

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