In the weeks leading up to National Day, I often catch on television a clip that shows our soldiers, both men and women, reciting the Singapore Armed Forces pledge. I enjoyed watching this and likeespecially the part where the soldiers shout “with our lives!”
This is the pledge they made:
“We, members of the Singapore Armed Forces, do solemnly and sincerely pledge that: we will always bear true faith and allegiance to the President and the Republic of Singapore; we will always support and defend the Constitution; we will preserve and protect the honour and independence of our country with our lives.”
It stirs my heart to know that everyone in the armed forces vows to fulfill their commitment even at the expense of their precious lives. This is not trivial. This is not wayang-wayang. This is an immensely huge commitment.
Someone once gave His life for me. He died for me. Not only for me, but for you as well.
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:3)
Take a moment to pause and quieten your heart. Let this fact sink in – Christ died for you and me. It is a fact because the Scriptures says so. All scripture is God’s Word and everything God says is true.
So why did Christ do so? Why did He have to die for our sins? You and I were sinful people. As a result of our sins, we were not accepted by our holy God. We did not have a relationship with God. As a result of our sins, we do not want to come close to God because we would rather live our lives our own way. But God does not want us to continue to live in sin.
According to the Scriptures, and in Romans 5:8, we read that God demonstrates his own love for us by sending Jesus to die for us, while we were still sinners. God’s Word further tells us in verse 11 that through Jesus, we have now received reconciliation with God.
With His life, and through His sacrifice on the cross, we are now reconciled to God. We are now accepted by God because of Jesus. We now have a relationship with God. We are now called His children and we can call God our Heavenly Father. What a precious and beautiful relationship we now share with God!
Not only so, we now have a new life to live for God, guided by the Holy Spirit. Our orientation to life has changed. We no longer live to please ourselves. We now live to please God. How should we live so that we can bring glory to God and please Him?
One way is to live our lives in a way that we can reach more people and bring them to know God. With our God-given lives, let us be bold and sensitive to bring the message of the cross, love and reconciliation to people around us. Let them know why Jesus has gone to the cross and why they need to make a decision to accept Him as their Saviour.
May we also live our lives in a way that encourages our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. With our God-given lives, and as God’s Word tells us in Ephesians 4:2, may we be completely humble and gentle, patient and bearing with one another in love. Let us use our God-given gifts to encourage and build up our brothers and sisters.
Today, as we celebrate our National Day, may we as citizens of Singapore pledge to continue to defend, protect and contribute to the peace, prosperity and progress of this nation. At the same time, on a daily basis, let us as children of God, commit to living our God-given lives to please God and glorify Him. Let us humble ourselves to be used by God as His channel of blessings, as we bring His gospel to those who need to hear and respond to it. Let us always seek to build up one another as we look forward to the return of our Lord Jesus. Let us be like how Romans 12:11-12 exhort us – never lacking in zeal, but full of spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Let us be a community that is always Loving People, Pleasing Christ, and let us pledge to do so with our lives!