I was amazed when I read recently of those men chosen to guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Just read of some of these rigid requirements.  For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5′ 10″ and 6′ 2″ tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30.  They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of  their lives.  They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform or the tomb in any way.  The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone nor watch TV.  All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.  A guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred.  Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty. There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform.  Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror.   

  In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington, DC, our US Senate/House took 2 days off with anticipation of the storm.  On the ABC evening news, it was reported that because of the dangers from the hurricane, the military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment.  They respectfully declined the offer, “No way, Sir.”  Soaked to the skin marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding the Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a service person.  The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930. 

  It makes me wonder about my dedication to my Lord.  I feel ashamed when I think of how I question what is required to follow Jesus.
Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”   Matthew 7:13-14  Again, Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”  Matthew 7:21  It cost to follow Jesus.  Boldly, Jesus declared, “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.  Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”   Matthew 10:37-39

  Jesus is to be first in our lives.  He is to have priority.  This demands dedication of our whole being to Him.  Sometimes, we feel that we just can’t surrender all, but we must understand we don’t do it on our own.  God helps us by His Spirit, guiding us through His Word, the Bible.  This gives us an inner power to obey what He would have us to do and to become what He would have us to be.  He who gave His all for us, arn’t we willing to dedicate, set ourselves apart, devote ourselves to Him?

2 Responses to “DEDICATION”

  1. Thank you so much Max for this reminder. I just want to be more dedicated to Jesus than I am. “God is still working on me ,to make me what I ought to be.” So much truth in this little kindergarten song. I still enjoy all of the devotionals you send out every week. Each one really inspires me to be better in my daily walk with Christ.I am so thankful to God for you and your witness for Him ! I know so many are blessed in reading these devotionals ,as I am
    Love and Prayers, Joann

  2. Max, what a fascinating story. I had absolutely no idea what it entails serving as a guard for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. What absolute dedication, and what an honor it is to be chosen.

    Likewise, what an honor it is to be chosen by God to be His child. If we would only show the same sacrifice and devotion to Him. Your devotionals help to draw us closer to Him. Thank you for sending them out each week.

    Glad you’re home safe and sound!

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