“For I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” Acts 21:13b (KJV)
It is common place to hear people declare “I AM LOYAL” to others, especially to people they respect or expect favours from. Loyalty, however, is not usually discerned in mere words.It is instead demonstrated in people’s actions and expected whether in good or difficult times, not just when the situation is conducive and beneficial.
The valiant men in our passage undertook what may have been a risky mission for them (v.12). If they had been caught by the Philistines, they may have faced a certain death. The fear of death did not sway them from their plan to retrieve the body of their slain king. They risked their life for another. Another who was already dead! This is true loyalty.
Are you prepared to go the distance for God? How far can you go to ensure that God’s work is done on earth? Are you ready to risk your life for the body of Christ. How loyal are you to your leaders? Christ took the risk of dying for us while we were yet sinners. He did not have a guarantee that we would say yes to Him. He went the distance for us. Place yourself on a loyalty scale and rate yourself. Can heaven call you a loyal person? Remember that as God’s children, loyalty is heaven’s expectation of us (1 Cor. 4:2).
Lord, I receive the grace to be a faithful and loyal steward of God and man.
I am a loyal steward; I match my words with actions.