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Loyalty – A Snippet From A BookBy Matthew King

I have felt a particularly natural lead from God to eviscerate the quality of loyalty. I have felt to compel understanding of its many components from numerous angles, and present the host of areas this understanding can be practically applied.


In doing so, I have been sensitive to His voice, His lead, and His complete perspective. It has been my earnest intent to capture all of His detail.


Personally, I have been refreshed and convicted by the insight God has fanned as I’ve avidly typed away on my keyboard, all the while trying to avoid the writer’s arched back posture.


Below is a snippet of what has been compiled so far. It focuses on the book of Genesis.

Thank you.


Genesis

God’s Excellence in Loyalty It took six days for Amazing to create the world. He rested on the seventh. Each stroke of his masterpiece had to meticulously reflect His blueprint. The standard at all times had to mirror the utmost, good, before He progressed in realizing the next day.


We can perceive God was loyal to His project. In being Loyal, He showed thoroughness in the execution of His vision. At all times, His efforts attained to the highest standard.

Now, apply these attributes to your life. Are you being thorough in the areas you have committed to?


To your job? Your spouse? A friend? A project? Is your output in these areas attaining to

excellence? Allow yourself to be challenged in these respects. Yes, there may be particular facts that could qualify the stated position. For example, we may be phasing out of a job, or a relationship has reached a season of closure. But during periods where the “sun has not yet set”, we should be sure to continually strive to produce our maximum capacity. Indeed, this attitude that is akin to God’s nature. It is this attitude that he blesses. He is obliged to show up to affirm and multiply our offering.


The little boy gave his best with the 5 loaves and two fishes, and didn’t Christ duly honour it (Matthew 14)? . Conversely, the rich man held back his wealth in pursuing the Kingdom (Mark 10), which caused the decapitation of his destiny. Further still, it is the giving of our best intentions that unlocks His flow of grace to cover our deficiencies.


Let’s perceive the deliberate use of the word “offering”. We must understand this is what our demonstration of loyalty ultimately is. Yes, our offering goes beyond our giving and singing in church. It encompasses how we are and what we do on a day to day basis. Our bodies are temples (1 Corinthians 16: 19-20) through which worship, part of which offering is, is given continually.


Having already established the nature of God, we can reiterate that our offering should aspire to be the sweetest aroma, one that compels God’s attention. It should mirror the best intentions of Abel’s offering, Abraham’s offerings and David’s offerings. It should purpose to steer away from incomplete Cain-like and Saul-like intentions.


Further, as popularly illustrated by Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice Isaac, we see that utmost respect of God, borne from appreciation of His sovereignty, is a necessary component in inspiring us to give Him our best (Genesis 22). This attitude paves the overflow of His blessing for you.


The “Serpent’s Voice”

So why weren’t Adam and Eve loyal to The Most High’s command to not eat from the tree of knowledge? The “serpent’s voice” can be the factor that causes our commitment to falter. People in our lives and habits we engage can represent this voice. We need to maintain sensitivity and divine awareness to sense the areas in our lives where this voice is manifesting. This is important in our efforts to remain eligible to receive the fullness of what God has for us, avoiding the sacrifice that comes with disobedience. Standing steadfastly on God’s word, continually reminding ourselves of its absoluteness, will give us the strength to resist the serpent’s enticing tongue and remain loyal to God’s word and the other areas we have committed to.


Loyalty to Your Definition

Pure Diamond punished Adam and Eve for eating the fruit by, amongst other things, exiling them from Eden and introducing mortality in man. Additionally, he sent the flood to eradicate man from the face of the earth (bar Noah and his family) because of mans’ treachery. Further, He orchestrated the rain of sulfur and fire that destroyed the “greatly wicked” lands of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19). From this, we see God’s loyalty to His own nature. Because God’s nature is just, He must issue recompense for sin. This maintains His definition. This is utmost integrity. In our endeavor to conform to characteristics of God, we too must seek to maintain our definition. As individuals, we

must be aware of qualities and principles we attain to. Our conduct must always gear to reinforce these. This is how we show loyalty to ourselves and bestow indisputable credibility on what we are about.


Indeed, in God’s preservation of Noah and his family, we see the sensitive nature of His application of loyalty. God is not general. He does not broad-brush. He is correct in his measurement, proportioning every subject the deserved due. In exacting His nature, God did not condemn Noah and His clan. Rather, God preserved Noah because he was faithful. His intentions were best inclined, and God must honour that. So, let our display emanate the same.