|Posted on May 29, 2018 at 6:35 AM|
John 15:13 "Greater love hath no man than this, That a man lay down his life for his friends."
I chose this passage as the lead off to a statement the Lord gave me about a month ago which is this:
"For many, loyalty only goes as far as its convenience."
Ouch! So in light of the above scripture, where do we land on the loyalty meter when it comes to our friends; and most importantly God? You may even be asking how this topic came about. My blog content is usually a bit different.
The Lord spoke to my spirit when I inquired of him needing some comfort regarding the loss of a very special client, (special to me), I should say. I had been grooming multiple dogs for them throughout the past 20 years, when suddenly, they informed me they would be using someone else's services; and that driving to my place of business was 'such a hassle'; of the which I had not heard the first thing about. I always accommodated their schedule as best I could in conjunction with their shopping trips or doctor's appointments.
When another groomer moved in to their neighborhood, literally within minutes of their home, the "friendship/business relationship" ended with me. I totally get the convenience aspect of the whole thing, but my view of their loyalty and friendship was way off. The air was let out of my bag, so to speak.
I began to recall in scripture where the same thing happened to many of the well-known of our fellow brethren, AND Jesus, the world's Messiah! Our Lord and Savior was betrayed for 30 pieces of silver by Judas Iscariot, the traitor. Peter denied Jesus three times, no doubt believing he would be arrested also. In Genesis 20, Abraham told the king that Sarah was his sister, why? Because he thought he would be killed over her. She must have been a good looking woman! "Loyalty only goes as far as its convenience." It is so true.
I ask these questions then: What is the extent of our loyalty to the God of the universe; Creator of heaven and earth, and ALL that is in it? (Gen. 1, Psalm 24)
What is the extent of our loyalty to Jesus; the one who died a brutal, criminal's death? Jesus is the only blood sacrifice God accepted for reconciling all of humanity back to Him.
So this subject begs me to present the times the Holy Spirit of God asks us to do something for someone, but we say, "Lord, this isn't a good time. I have things of my own to do." Or, "Lord, I'm tired. Can this wait?" I have found that as I yield to His guidance and requests, the more He asks of me. Why? "The harvest is great, but the laborers are few." Luke 10:2 GOD NEEDS LABORERS TO GATHER IN THE HARVEST!
May I remind the saints that we are not our own anymore. We are purchased by the precious blood of Jesus, and it is our duty to do what He commands, asks, suggests, or any other verb that goes with these. It is time for the church to serve, not be served. This statement is said to me by the Holy Spirit more than ever these days.
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." 1 John 4 speaks of this kind of love. Verse 7 states, "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God." Please read the whole chapter. It is beautiful! In John 15:12, Jesus says, "This is my COMMANDMENT, That ye love one another, as...I...have...loved...YOU!"
Brothers and sisters, my prayer is we will all examine ourselves and make the necessary transformation in our lives; so when we stand before our Judge, The Lord Jesus Christ, we can stand blameless in light of our loyalty to Him!