"I swear on my mother's grave I'm telling the truth"
"I swear if you don't stop that right now I'm going to knock you into tomorrow"
"I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me God"
"I swear to take this woman to have and to hold, to cherish in sickness and in health until death do us part"
"I swear Coldstone Creamery is THE BEST ice cream I'll ever have"
Ok, I think you get the idea. I'm talking about oaths.
When we enter into a relationship with someone, whether it's a friend, a date or a long term commitment (I'm talking marriage here) we make an oath to that person. Sometimes it's not spoken and sometimes it is, but we commit to that person that we will treat them well, the way we want to be treated by them, and the way Jesus treats us.
The same is true for those of us who have decided to become followers of Jesus. We've taken an oath to follow God and His teaching. An oath to share with others the amazing wonders He brings to us.
In return God's made an oath to us. Jesus has promised us eternal life. A life which surpasses that ultimate barrier, death.
Have you spoken aloud that oath you've given to Jesus? If you haven't made that oath yet what will it take for you to make that oath? Maybe it's time to begin looking at the promises you've made and see which ones are really important. Which promises have you made which will impact your life here and, literally, forever?