Because when the battles get fierce and the fog sets in, it will be hard to remember and believe in God's goodness. So it is helpful to have a reminder of the decision we have made and the reasons we made the choice to follow God - "no matter the cost."
We learn much of this type of 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.’
In the Band of Brothers' Ministry, many brothers use the Band of Brothers’ Ring to serve as a monument and reminder of our covenant to follow Him – "no matter the cost!" We then band together and go out into the world, using our individual gifts, "our own inheritance," in a unified effort to glorify the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Once we have made the decision to say "Yes" to the call of our King, we then are commanded by Him to engage in the battle side-by-side with other men of God - other brothers of Christ! Our King sends his disciples out in "pairs." (see Luke 10:1) But few men in our generation have real and authentic, Jonathan/David type relationships with other men. Most men walk alone and carry hidden shame.
• Do you have another man in your life who knows your complete, unfiltered and uncensored story?
• When you fall to intentional sin, do you have a man in your life to whom you always confess your sins?
If the answer to either of the questions above is "no," then you are walking alone! Without being fully known, we cannot be adequately protected, fought for, nor loved. And if we walk alone, we cannot live out the heroic story for which we were created. Therefore, Satan's primary strategy is to divide and conquer by fooling us into fighting our battles alone - in secret and in shame. For the enemy knows that when Christian men finally unite for the causes of Christ, then the end is near. Because the power of our triune God has been bestowed in the unity of His true disciples.