Ruth 1:16-17 ESV But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.”
Webster Dictionary Defines loyal as:
1 : unswerving in allegiance: such as
a : faithful in allegiance to one’s lawful sovereign or government were loyal to the king
b : faithful to a private person to whom faithfulness is due a loyal husband
c : faithful to a cause, ideal, custom, institution, or product a loyal churchgoer
I wonder how many of us can say we are a loyal person. How do we determine what or to whom we are loyal? Are we loyal to the USA? Are we loyal to our president? Are we loyal to our families; spouses, children, grandchildren, sisters and brothers? Are we loyal to our churches and pastors? Are we loyal to our friends, co-workers and bosses? Some of you are answering the questions, yes, yes, no, maybe, or sometimes to the above questions.
Why is it so hard to be loyal? I mean Ruth kind of loyal? In this scripture Naomi falls on hard times, really hard times. She encourages both of her daughter-n-laws to return home to their family, where life will be easier for them. Ruth 1:14 says Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her. One left and one stayed. Why?
I love this 60 second video about loyalty. This is another example of how being loyal is hard and leaving is easy. https://www.passiton.com/loyalty A loyal person is there when times are good and times are bad. A loyal friend is there even when you tell them to go away. A loyal friend is the one who sticks around when everyone else leaves you hanging because it easier to run away.
Loyalty is one of the most powerful forces within the human heart. The truth is, every human being has loyalties. Our highest loyalties are revealed when we are squeezed into a decision that favors one loyalty and harms another.
Our main loyalty should be to Christ, but we are to also be loyal to others. It is great to know that we can always count on God. He is always loyal to us. But it is also wonderful to be around people that you can count on too. God wants us to be people that others can count on. He wants us to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God by putting God first and being someone that others can count on.
Maybe you have been left high and dry by family, co-workers or friends when tough times came. Maybe you are in the mist of the hurt that came from a betrayal, or disloyalty by someone you trusted to always be there. If you are, remember that you can count on God to always be there even when others leave you. Forgive that person and ask God to help you to move on. Maybe you are in a situation right now where you are trying to decide to run or stay…with your spouse, your family, your church, your job or your friends. Stop and pray. Running is easy, just like in the video, staying can be hard BUT God promises to bless us when we do what is right.
Evaluate your loyalty to God and others today. If you are not one to stand firm in times of trouble and you are a runner, ask God to help you to become a trustworthy and loyal person. If you are not loyal to God by reading his word, attending church, praying, or fellowshipping with other believers then ask God to work on your heart and help you to become more loyal to Him today. I believe if you can be loyal to God whom you can not see then you can be loyal to those whom you can see.
I will end with the quote from Ellen J. Barrier: Loyalty is a characteristic trait. Those who have it, give it free of charge. Go and be loyal to God and others today.