We live in a world where loyalty is not taken seriously, because the people of the world do not understand it. Jesus said about them in Matthew 24:10; “And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.”
One of the most inspiring accounts of loyalty in the scriptures is found in the book of Job. Job suffered so much pain, that one time his wife said to him; ‘… Dost thou still retain thine integrity? Curse God, and die [Job 2:9]’ Job replied her saying ‘…Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh… [Job 2:10]. ‘He later said, ‘Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him… [Job 13:15]’.
When situations become uncomfortable, do you compromise your loyalty to God? In the face of challenging situations, do you remain steadfast and loyal to the cause?
When Jesus multiplied bread and wrought wondrous miracles, everything was wonderful; His followers were happy and satisfied. One day, He preached a message not everyone was happy with and they said, ‘This is very hard to understand. How can anyone accept it?’ The scriptures further tell us ‘At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him.’ Jesus suffered rejection from some disciples! He then turned to the 12 disciples and asked, ‘Will ye also go away?’ Peter replied, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.’ Peter’s response can be paraphrased to be, ‘I believe in your message, that’s why I’m staying’. That’s loyalty! No matter what happens; even when situations become uncomfortable, your convictions will rise up and you’ll declare words just like Apostle Peter [John 6:60-70].
Has the load become too heavy? Has the shame and criticism for the sake of the gospel become intense that you can’t take it anymore? Remain loyal! God is looking for those who can stick to their convictions; those who have learnt the value of loyalty, and whose words are full of integrity. He has found you, and committed this glorious ministry to you, therefore remain loyal. God bless you.