Monument of Our Covenant with God
The Band of Brothers’ Ring Serves as a Monument of our Covenant with God. Just like a wedding band symbolizes our commitment and vow to our spouse, the Band of Brothers’ Ring can serve as a monument and reminder of one’s prayer and covenant to be a brother and disciple of Christ – no matter the cost – and to battle for the lives and legacies of others. As God said to Jeremiah, “Remind the people … about the terms of their covenant with me.” (Jer. 11:2) When the battle gets bloody and the truth gets foggy – which it will – the Band of Brothers’ Ring on our finger is used as a monument to remind us of times when God’s truth, our purpose, and our desire to follow our King were certain. God says, “Bring my faithful people to me – those who made a covenant with me by giving sacrifices.” (Psalm 50:5) And the greatest sacrifice we can make is to fully give our lives to him. “Make vows to the Lord your God, and fulfill them.” (Psalm 76:11)
The journey of Sanctification – becoming holy. Once the decision of surrender to our King is made, over time God will change our hearts and take us through the often-times painful and confusing (but good) journey of becoming more like Christ – becoming holy – a true disciple and saint – a person worthy of being called a brother of Christ.
“Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until that day when our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. God, who calls you, is faithful; He will do this.” (1 Thess. 5:23-24)
“The only thing that truly matters is whether a person will accept the God who will make them holy. At all costs, a person must have the right relationship with God…. God has only one intended destiny for mankind – holiness. His only goal is to produce saints.” (Oswald, My Utmost, Sept. 1)
God says, “You must be holy because I am holy.” (1 Pet. 1:16) “Keep all of my laws and obey them, for I am the Lord, who makes you holy.” (Lev. 20:8)
This process of becoming more of a true brother of Christ is called sanctification. The good news is that if we surrender to God – “at all costs” – then God Himself will orchestrate our lives to achieve this goal – “He will do this!” And to have a “right relationship with God,” which is the ultimate goal, we must “seek to live a clean and holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.” (Heb. 12:14) So if we want to know God and “see” Him more clearly, we must battle against sin and learn to obey our King. Yes, sin separates us from a pure and holy God. So God’s desire is that we become holy as He is holy, then our “right relationship” with Him is not compromised and we can reside “with Him.” And in the last battles, it will be necessary that our God be “with us” so that we can be victorious. So we need to accept unconditionally the God who will make us holy so that we can prevail and be overcomers. And “everyone who is victorious will eat from the tree of life in the paradise of God.” (Rev. 2:7 NLT)
Of course this side of heaven we will never live in absolute purity, obedience, and surrender – that’s why we always need the blood and grace of the cross of Jesus. Yet even when we fail our King, it helps to have a true north and reminder to lead us back in the good direction and noble purpose for which we are created. “We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going.” (2 Cor. 4:9) When we can’t get up by ourselves, we will depend on other brothers to pick us up, encourage us, and send us back into the battle!
Outside of our decision to receive the gift of salvation by believing in Jesus (see John 3:16), the covenant to surrender unconditionally to God is the most important decision we will ever make. And it is essential if we desire to live out our God anointed legacy – the glorious life for which we were created! Yes, even Jesus was willing to suffer in order to fulfill his legacy: “He was willing to die a shameful death of the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven.” (Heb. 12:2) Likewise, the rewards for the decision to follow Him unconditionally are abundant in this life – and eternal! So you will not want to miss out: “For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb. She is permitted to wear the finest white linen. (Fine linen represents the good deeds done by the people of God.) Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” (Rev. 19:7-9)
We recommend printing out the covenant and prayer that you decide to make to God and put it in a prominent place as a constant reminder of your specific covenant with God. When the Band of Brothers’ Ring is turned out on one’s finger, facing the world, it serves as a symbol and monument of your allegiance to God and your covenant to be a disciple and brother of Christ – no matter the cost!