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Anybody remember the second point of the Scout law? Any den mothers, patrol moms, former Boy Scouts or Cub Scouts out there?
“A scout is trustworthy, _____, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. The missing word above and the second point of the Scout law — loyal.
Some years ago there was the movie titled “The Truth about Cats and Dogs.” Psalms 100, verse 5 reminds us about the truth and speaks to us on loyalty, “For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting, and his truth endureth to all generation.”
If we are going to know the truth about loyalty, we must first of all make preparations. Just as Jesus prepared himself in the garden of Gethsemane for the cross that was up ahead, we ought to prepare ourselves to learn what God has to say about loyalty. The Lord is totally loyal to his children; he never forsakes them and he is always around when they need him. Therefore, God may be calling you to a deeper commitment of loyalty to him. The almighty recognizes loyalty. “Have you noticed my servant Job?” God asked Satan. “Job is a perfect, upright, reverent man.” The loyal are praised: “Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation.” Faithfulness is rewarded: “Hezekiah prayed,” and the Lord said, “I will add unto thy days 15 years.”
Second of all, if we are going to know the truth about loyalty, we should present ourselves to God. When we do this, the Lord responds with action. He speaks, he leads and he wins. Psalms 100 is the church’s “Call to praise and worship,” and it is also our call to loyalty. As the words of a gospel song go, being loyal is “just another typical day in the life of a child of God.”
Presenting ourselves to God to be loyal is an act of submission and submission is challenge for any believer. Someone once said, “I wear my wife’s eyeglasses because she wants me to see things her way.”
We chuckle, but truth be known: presenting ourselves to God, being loyal, is seeing things God’s way.
Finally, the truth about loyalty: we follow the picture painted by Christ. Others chose pleasure, he chose keeping God’s promises. Others sought lust; Jesus opted for love. Be loyal to God, he will certainly be loyal to you.
Tim Johnson is a guest church columnist for The Anderson News and a pastor at Fellowship Baptist Church.