Many of you who were at church on Sunday have asked for a copy of the pledge we used to close out the service.
The pledge originally came from Saddleback Church in California; they used it as part of a worship service celebrating their 20th anniversary as a church. I’ve had it in my files for a long time and knew it was a good way for people to respond to the sermon. Here’s the version we used:
Today I’m stepping across the line.
I’m tired of waffling and I’m finished with wavering;
I’ve made my choice, the verdict is in and my decision is irrevocable.
I’m going God’s way. There’s now turning back now!
Since my past has been forgiven and I have a purpose for living and a home awaiting in heaven,
I refuse to waste any more time or energy on shallow living,
petty thinking, trivial talking, thoughtless doing, useless regretting,
hurtfult resenting, or faithless worrying.
Instead, I will magnify God, grow to maturity, serve in ministry,
and fulfill my mission in the membership of his family.
To my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I say:
However, Whenever, Wherever, and Whatever you ask me to do,
my answer in advance is yes! Wherever you lead and whatever the cost,
I’m ready. Anytime. Anywhere. Anyway.
Whatever it takes, Lord; whatever it takes!
I want to be used by you in such a way that on that final day I’ll hear you say:
“Well done, thou good and faithful one.”
May it be true.