Loyalty PT 2
Text: Mark 8:34-35
From our Bible verse, Our loyalty stems from a total commitment to God, and of course an assurance of God’s divine loyalty as marked out in Matthew 28:20, “And surely, I am with you always, even to the end to the very end of the age.”
Let’s look at some characteristics of biblical loyalty.
1. Loyalty does not waiver (Proverbs 17:17)
Loyalty is being steadfast. It involves a good commitment to a course. Even if the storms and turbulent factors are harsh, we are to remain loyal.
Loyalty is brought to the surface when the raging and turbulent storms of life come. That’s why the adage says, “whosoever has not seen a battle calls himself a man”. Only those who have weathered the storms and survived them are worthy of that call. So is loyalty to God.
2. Loyalty is what you do, NOT what you say.
Loyalty does not thrive on the verbal talk of the mouth alone. Loyalty must be put into action, I.e., backed up.
Now, the question is, what is the level of our impact on the work of God? If we are not practically involved in God’s work with verifiable impact, we have not started. In Act 1:1 it says, “Jesus began to do and to teach”. He began by “doing”.
3. Loyalty is a willing decision.
If you are forced to do something, it will bring false loyalty. Galatians 6:7 say, “Be not deceived God is not mocked for whatsoever a man does that shall he reap”. When you sow disloyalty, you will surely reap disloyalty.
4. Loyalty is demanding
Loyalty will put a price of demand on you. There will be demeaning tasks and responsibilities; even unthinkable ones at times. But the truth about loyalty is that small tasks and small responsibilities bring great happiness and put you in great power.
5. Loyalty involves making sacrifices
Sacrifice is the act of giving up something of value, at one’s expense. Your allegiance to God, your ministry, your family and friends, etc., will call for long seasons of sacrifice. (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
We need to understand that loyalty to God brings an outstanding reward. We all need to live a life of genuine loyalty not just from our words, but in action, decisions, service, relationships, etc. Let loyalty towards God be seen in us.