I Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb
by Ray Boltz
“Mary carried her Bible everywhere she went. Tucked inside her purse or coat pocket, it never left her side. Like a cherished keepsake and without fail, every chance she got throughout the day, the words from its worn pages brought her inspiration, comfort, instruction and hope. One day someone asked her, ‘why’ … To the stranger’s question she replied, without even having to contemplate what she would say, ‘These are my letters from home.'”
The Bible is like a treasure box filled with letters from distant relatives whose stories guide and shape our lives. Like pilgrims who have traveled to a promised, far away land, they journeyed to new horizons and braved the challenges of this life, while sharing their experiences and faith with you and me. From cover to cover, the Bible is God’s amazing gift to us- a collection of love letters from our Father Creator and the story of His Son, Jesus Christ- interwoven within a tapestry of personal accounts which reveal God’s character- His sovereignty, wisdom and power, along with His deep and endearing love, grace, and mercy.
As we read our letters, they instruct and inspire us, reminding us to keep seeking, keep following, keep trusting, keep praying, keep loving, keep marching, and to keep believing that we will one day reach the Promised Land- our heavenly home- where we will, at last, be with our beloved Father and with our precious LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Have you taken the opportunity lately to open the Bible and read God’s letters, written with love to you- His dear child? If you haven’t, I encourage you to do so. If you find the King James Bible difficult to read, find a translation like the NIV or the Holman Christian Bible.
Open to the book of John. It is the fourth book in the New Testament. John is a wonderful place to start because the author tells the story of Jesus in such a beautiful way. From His existence with God the Father at the time of creation, to His birth as a human child and His miracles and teachings, to His heart-felt prayer for you and me in the Garden of Gethsemane, and to His cruel crucifixion- every line reveals more of God’s character and endearing love for us, His children. But the story doesn’t end in sorrow, for Jesus rose from the grave, conquering death for all eternity, and making a way for you and me to live with Him forever in peace and harmony in our heavenly home! That’s right. this earthly life isn’t all there is!
God loves you more than you could ever comprehend. And He left you a treasured keepsake, filled with His words of love and guidance. They are for you- His beloved Son or Daughter. He knows you and His desire is that you know and love Him. He longs for the day when you run into His arms and call Him “Father”. He is waiting for you to read the letters He sent and to know His love for you. He has a plan for your life, just as He did for Mary. She found direction in the letters He sent her and so can you!
If you want to know God’s love and His plan for you, then take time- right now. Open the Bible and read your Letters from Home.