I love to read biographies on the lives of great people. About their loyalty to the cause of Christ and how God used them to encourage the people of God. As I’ve read these books, I have noticed how the word loyalty always pops up. Loyalty…there’s something in the word that we as a people have gotten away from.
Loyalty is the glue that binds people and institutions together. Without loyalty, everything would readily fall apart. Loyalty to our country is so very vital; we call it patriotism, but it is one in the same. A local, mom and pop business depends upon customer loyalty. Churches depend on the loyalty of those who share their doctrine and convictions. Without loyalty, there is anarchy and chaos in every human relationship. Even for our society to be stable, people must have a certain degree of loyalty to each other.
Dr. Bob Jones Sr., the Methodist evangelist, used to say, “If you can’t be loyal you can’t be nothing”. Poor grammar, but great sentiment!
We need to be loyal. To those who have helped us a thousand times and failed us a few – a husband, wife, boss, friend, or pastor. Loyalty in you is important even when others fail. Make allowances. Be reasonable with people. Be loyal.
To God and His Word, be loyal, for upon this foundation truth is built. Follow this truth and bind your heart with it, for in a day of fleeting loyalties you and I need to be loyal.