I will surrender my all to God – no matter the cost – so that I can become more like Jesus Christ – my brother and King. I will seek out a band of brothers, for whose lives and legacies I will fight, so that together we can fulfill our mission to know, love and glorify God our Father.
“Make vows to the Lord your God, and fulfill them.” (Psalm 76:11)
The Covenant of the Band of Brothers as written above is only a suggestion of the type of prayer and commitment you can make with Christ your King to express your decision to be His disciple and brother. As you consider your own story, there may be other prayer/commitments that you desire to express to God. However, in order to become a brother and disciple of Christ, all prayers should include a covenant about one’s desire for absolute surrender to God – no matter the cost. (see Luke 14:25-35, “don’t begin until you count the cost… But no one can become my disciple without giving up everything for me.”) Please don’t take this “no matter the cost” commitment lightly. God will hold us to it – He will hold us accountable to our pledge to Him! There will be times when the cost and burden of such a covenant feels too much to bear. But it is a noble purpose for which you were uniquely created – and you do not want to miss out! Second, it is important to remember that we cannot fight the battles alone. Committing to unite with other “sold-out” disciples for Kingdom causes is essential to be victorious in the battles that we will face. Jesus modeled brotherhood by surrounding Himself with 12 other men. David had Jonathan, Moses had Aaron, Paul never traveled without a companion, and Jesus sent his disciples out in “pairs.” So if you do not unite with other brothers in Christ – you will fail! For “all of us together are Christ body, and each one of us is a separate and necessary part of it… but no part is important on its own.” (1 Cor. 12 Msg.)
Covenants and Monuments
God teaches us throughout Scripture to remember significant events and promises by making a monument. Jacob made a covenant with God that he would serve Him – be a true follower. As a reminder of this decision, Jacob anointed a pillar of stone as a monument. (see Gen. 31:13)
We learn much of this type of God-honoring commitment from the story of Joshua. (Joshua 24:14-28) Speaking to the people of Israel, Joshua said: “So honor the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly…. Serve the Lord alone. But if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve…. But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”
But the people answered Joshua saying, “No, we are determined to serve the Lord!”
“You are accountable for this decision,” Joshua said. “You have chosen to serve the Lord.”
“Yes,” they replied, “we are accountable….” “We will serve the Lord our God. We will obey him alone.”
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day…, committing them to a permanent and binding contract between themselves and the Lord… As a reminder of their agreement, he took a huge stone and rolled it beneath the oak tree beside the Tabernacle of the Lord.
Joshua said to all the people, “This stone has heard everything the Lord said to us. It will be a witness to testify against you if you go back on your word to God.” Then Joshua sent the people away, each to his own inheritance.