As a soldier in the Salvation Army I signed a covenant between the Salvation Army, Myself, and God that I would do certain things and avoid doing certain other things. For example I covenanted that I would faithfully pay my tithes every pay day. I also promised that I would avoid the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other harmful substances. I contracted to uphold the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman, and if I ever become married and get a divorce I would be in violation of that covenant. I agreed to abstain from anything that could detract from my witness to Christ Jesus. Thus I am to avoid pornography, sexual immorality, and other detracting behaviors.
I also swore to uphold Salvation Army doctrine, which is very similar to Nazarene doctrine. All of this is part of the Soldier’s Covenant that I signed. I find it good to go over these “Articles of War” periodically and remind myself of exactly what it means to be a sold out Christian. Jesus did not want us to be half way. In fact, He wrote to the church at Laodicea, “Because you are neither hot nor cold, I will spew you from my mouth”.
Now there was some geological symbols in that that the church at Laodicea could understand. On one side of them was the cold waters at Collosa that were said to have healing powers. On the other side was a city with hot springs, often prescribed by the doctors of the day for their healing and restorative powers. Laodicea was caught in the middle and its water was useless and undrinkable. The Laodiceans knew what Jesus meant when He said he would spew them out because they spewed their water out all the time. We are not to become useless, lukewarm water. My soldier’s covenant helps remind me in simple form what God expects from me. I read it frequently and read God’s word even more frequently. It is my lifeline.