…a strong feeling of support or allegiance…

Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty. I know, you probably haven’t heard the word for a long time.

Let me think…

That’s right, the last time I heard the word ‘loyalty’ thrown about was whilst I was watching Sky Sports News. It must have been during the Christmas period, a certain player had said he wanted more ambition and more trophies with another club. He felt his current club had not won enough, even though they had won over 4 trophies in the last 5 years. Some will call it honesty, while others will call it disloyalty.

Honestly, it got me thinking. What does it mean to be loyal?

How many people are loyal to Jesus Christ nowadays? How many are loyal to their spouse, family, ministry, friends, employers, employees, etc?

Personally I asked myself, ‘Am I loyal to my family, my friends, my church, my Pastor?’

It was time to turn the spotlight on myself!

I began to go through my Bible, searching for the word loyalty, and of course, thank you Holy Spirit – Jonathan and David or should I say Jonathan to David. (1 Samuel 18:1-4, 1 Samuel 19: 1-7, 1 Samuel 20: 1-18)

Jonathan’s loyalty to David was unquestionable from the very start. Jonathan wasn’t loyal to David because of what he could gain or receive in future. How was Jonathan even to know what the outcome would be at the time? He had just witnessed how David killed Goliath, and he saw how David had served his father, and through the Holy Spirit had delivered Israel.

“Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” (1 Samuel 18:1)

The key to loyalty is in this verse, “the soul of Jonathan was knitted to David”. So I asked myself the question, ‘When was the last time my soul felt knitted to someone, my family, my Pastor?’

Where has the sense of closeness gone from my life? I was there, but was I loyal? (1 Samuel 20: 11-17).

We should now have this picture in our mind; King Saul wanted to kill David, period, and why? As a result of jealousy.

God’s favour was no longer with Saul. David was now God’s favourite. Now place yourself in Jonathan’s shoes; your father is king, you’re next in line to be king when your father dies. But your father hates and wants to kill your best friend; you love him like you love yourself. What do you do?

Be very honest with yourself! (LOL) It’s okay you’re forgiven, as you have asked God to clean your heart.

As we continue to read, we learn Jonathan believed and knew David would be king, but he reaffirmed his love to David even though he knew the throne was his by right.  Jonathans’ loyalty to David had been tested. Jonathan was publicly shamed and nearly killed by his own father.

Our loyalty will always be tested publicly. Our loyalty to God will cost us. Why would I want to give God something that does not cost me? (2 Samuel 24:24)

On the morning of the third day the signs were given and David’s fears were confirmed. Both men wept together, knowing their ways are now separated – no more enjoying each other’s company, friendship, love and companionship.

David departed and went into hiding. Jonathan returned to his father. Yes he went back to his father where he remained loyal to his death (1 Samuel 31:1-3).

Jonathan could have gone with David; he knew what the outcome would be. But Jonathan understood the aspect of being loyal.  Jonathan never betrayed his father for David. He reasoned with his father in regard to David’s situation. (1 Samuel 19:4-6 and 1 Samuel 20: 28-29)

So as I began with loyalty, I end with loyalty. How loyal am I to God, how loyal am I to my family, my Pastor, to my church?
Loyalty is an expensive characteristic to possess. It is a costly pursuit, but remember – when Jesus was on the earth He was loyal to His Father’s purpose till the end. He was loyal to His Father and His Father’s mission (John 17:4).

Loyal to His disciples till the end (John 13:1). Selah!

Are you LOYAL?

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