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SPIRIT AND LIFE DEVOTIONALS

Day Fourteen

Meditation: Loyalty to your leader

Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 4: 9-15

Loyalty means being faithful and standing behind someone or a cause at all times, no matter what happens and including during difficulties. A loyal person does not disappear when the going gets tough but stays on and provide support to his leader or brethren.

The pathway of loyalty is sometimes tough. It is a call to discipline and faith in your leader. It requires faithfulness despite challenges. Jesus became obedient unto death. He remained loyal to God.
Philippians 2:8 KJV
[8] And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

A loyal person does not draw attention to himself but to his master and leader.  This we see in the life of John when he was introducing Jesus and this we find in the example of Jesus concerning his father.

John 3:28,30 KJV
[28] Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. [30] He must increase, but I must decrease.

John 10:29 KJV
[29] My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

John 13:15-16 KJV
[15] For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. [16] Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

Apostle Paul suffered disloyalty from his brethren so much that he did not hide it and mentioned the names of some of those who were disloyal to him. Demas was a disloyal disciple of Paul. He loved the present world and abandoned Paul and the ministry. He went to Thessalonica. He is an example of disciples who abandon their leader in ministry, at times of difficulties and challenges, in pursuit of “greener pastures”, a better ministry, a better paying or more comfortable work etc.  It is obvious that the disappearance of Demas after the world was a pain to Paul. He must have been a key disciple and follower of Paul but somehow he lost his love for God and lost the love for the work of God and went after the things of this world. This was disloyalty to God and disloyalty to his leader – Paul.

Jesus did not give up the path to the cross even when it was obvious to him that it was a very painful path. He remained loyal to God and loyal to obtain salvation for us. At a time he prayed with blood dropping as sweat, yet he remained loyal to the cause of the salvation of mankind till the end.
Luke 22:44 KJV
[44] And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Unlike others who forsake Paul, Crescens was sent to agakatian and Titus to Dalmatia. They were faithful and obedient disciples willing to do the will of their leader even when it was contrary to their personal desires.

Disloyalty is evil and you must not be part of it. It can destroy a kingdom and turn family member against one another. The example of this is that of Absalom who was disloyal to his father and eventually led a group of people to overthrow his father from the throne.
2 Samuel 15:1-6 KJV
[1] And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him. [2] And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so , that when any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto him, and said, Of what city art thou? And he said, Thy servant is of one of the tribes of Israel. [3] And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee. [4] Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice! [5] And it was so , that when any man came nigh to him to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed him. [6] And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

Through disloyalty, Absalom stole the hearts of the people of Israel. He drew their hearts to him and took them away from his father, King David.

What this means is that the hearts of the men of Israel did not belong to him. He was not their authentic king. He stole their hearts and made them to love him more than their king. He was disloyal.

Anyone who secretly and discretely make people to love him more than their authentic leader is disloyal and will cause rebellion like Absalom.

Absalom spoke ill of his father in a subtle way. He was a pretender. Disloyal people pretend a lot and it takes the spirit of discernment to know them.

Don’t allow any disloyal leader or pastor to affect your heart against your senior pastor or an authentic leader over your life. Be loyal and faithful where God has placed you.

Some other forms of disloyalty is speaking evil about your leader, complaining behind and appearing supportive when he or she is there, supporting a cause against the interests of your leader, not making yourself available and dependable to your leader etc.

A loyal disciple is profitable to his leader. This is the case with Mark whom Apostle Paul requested for in verse Eleven. The word “profitable” means helpful, useful, making impact, etc.  A loyal person is helpful, useful, supportive and makes positive impact in the life and work of his leader.  Without doubt, Mark was loyal to Paul hence when he had been forsaken by a disloyal disciple he chose to send for him.

Prayers

1. Pray that the Lord will help you to be loyal and to remain loyal to him till the very end.
2. Pray that nothing of the world will draw your heart away from the Lord or take you into the world like Demas.
3. Ask the Lord to help your heart such that you will abide faithful and loyal to your leaders and your church.
4. Pray for the spirit of discernment to recognize disloyal people when they come around to draw your heart away from being loyal to the authority.
5. Ask God to give you boldness and courage to reject the influences of disloyal people who come around your life.
6. Pray that God will expose disloyal people in your church, in your office, in your family and around your life.

Faith Confession
1. I have the spirit of faith, the spirit of faithfulness and the spirit of loyalty.
2. As a believer I will abide faithful and loyal to God and to my leaders and will not follow evil influences to be disloyal in Jesus name.

Memory verse
2 Timothy 4:11 KJV
[11] Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

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