Proverbs 17:17 – A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity
LOYALTY DOES NOT WAVER.
As we have learnt from the plethora of definitions of loyalty, we can safely distil all the meanings into this simplified sentence. It involves the steady involvement and commitment to our relationship, responsibilities in God and His kingdom. It also suggests the presence of likely turbulent factors that will constantly attempt to tip the scales of our allegiance into a state of imbalance. Some of these forces might even be of legitimate nature; however it behooves us to maintain our proper directions in God. Loyalty is usually revealed when these turbulent factors show up and presents the ample opportunity for factual evaluation and possible course corrections.
LOYALTY IS WHAT YOU DO, NOT WHAT YOU SAY.
Talk they say is cheap. While it is important from time to time to reassert our allegiance verbally that is not enough. Loyalty must be action backed. It can and does not thrive on mere verbal assurances; it must reveal itself in all that we do. The level of impact we make as Christians involved in the work of the Kingdom cannot be measured in any way satisfactorily if it does not take cognizance of our practical involvement with verifiable results. Our Loyalty must produce evidential ends not just comments and verbal contributions. Even the bible in giving account of the ministry of Jesus on earth which in fact was an outlet of His commitment to the Fathers business said “…all that Jesus began to do and to teach…” Acts 1:1. Jesus did not begin by talking, He began by doing. This is very instructive. Therefore, we can safely say that we must of necessity take a cue from Jesus. After all, God will not require from us that which He has not first and foremost demonstrated to us.
LOYALTY IS A WILLING DECISION.
Forced compliance is fake loyalty. It is not uncommon to observe this brand of loyalty in some circles, both in secular and faith-based organizations. However loyalty must not be faked, else it will snowball into technical sabotage. This is a crime that attracts consequences and as such must be avoided at all cost. You must make up your mind to align yourself with God’s will as far as loyalty is concerned. Remember, the bible clearly states that “Be not deceived, God is not mocked whatsoever a man sows that shall he reap” Gal 6:7. It suffices to say then that when we allow ourselves to get embroiled in disloyalty we run the risk of reaping same. This is why we need to let this understanding inform our manner of life and Christianity. You have no other meaningful alternative apart from that which offers you lasting incentive but you must make up your mind about the matter.
LOYALTY IS DEMANDING.
Loyalty can easily be described will usually put demands on you. When we don’t become comfortable with this truth disloyalty becomes inevitable. You will be called upon to do the unthinkable sometimes, you must be careful not to be misguided by what may seem as demeaning tasks and responsibilities. Sometimes promotion comes in the most unfashionable assignments. You must maintain your steadiness and positive attitude in every case.
LOYALTY WILL INVOLVE SACRIFICE.
This is the real deal. Your allegiance to God, the ministry, your family and friends will call for seasons of sacrifice. What is sacrifice? It is the act of giving something precious and of high value at one’s expense.
The kind of Loyalty that does not require you to make regular sacrifices does not really exist. If it does, it is only in the imagination. The point here is that you must be willing to accompany your allegiance to the object of your loyalty with regular giving of time, money and resources. It may not be convenient but it is usually necessary.
LOYALTY TO GOD WILL BE REWARDED.
Loyalty in all its shades attracts rewards. Let this motivate and encourage you.
For further Study
Psalm 84:10-11, Matthew 26:33-35, 26:69-75, 2 Chronicles 11:13-16, Exodus 17:8-13, Psalm 78:8
Personal declaration for the day
I will sow and reap the loyalty
Questions for you to reflect on
Is loyalty one of your principles in life?
To whom are you loyal?