What matters most: In our relationships with one another, we are called to steadfast loyalty. Paul speaks of his “loyal companion” in Philippians 4:3. This unknown person is possibly Titus or Silas, but whoever it was, he was one who labored faithfully with Paul.
Worth noting: Then there’s Ruth, the very embodiment of loyalty as demonstrated in her complete devotion and duty to her mother-in-law: “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God” (Ruth 1:16).
God’s goal: God wants us to be loyal. Loyalty is a huge part of loving someone. God is loyal to us. We need to be loyal to Jesus and His way of love.
The bottom line: For true believers, loyalty is shown in our commitment to Jesus and His good news. It is the acknowledgement that Jesus the Messiah is our sole source of authority and salvation. Such devotion and commitment should echo the attitude of the apostle Peter, who said, “If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus the Messiah” (1 Peter 4:11).
- 1 Chronicles 29:18 (NASB) — 18 “O Master, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, our fathers, preserve this forever in the intentions of the heart of Your people, and direct their heart to You;
- Jeremiah 2:2 — 2 “Go and proclaim in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the Master, “I remember concerning you the devotion of your youth, The love of your betrothals, Your following after Me in the wilderness, Through a land not sown.
- 1 Kings 8:61 — 61 “Let your heart therefore be wholly devoted to the Master our God, to walk in His statutes and to keep His commandments, as at this day.”
- 2 Chronicles 32:32 — 32 Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah and his deeds of devotion, behold, they are written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, in the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel.
- 2 Chronicles 35:26 — 26 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah and his deeds of devotion as written in the law of the Master,
- 2 Chronicles 17:6 — 6 He took great pride in the ways of the Master and again removed the high places and the Asherim from Judah.