Like most girls my age, I was a Girl Scout. I would like to say that I was attracted to the high standards and social responsibilities. But the truth is I loved to compete and sew on the badges, and the smores were delicious, too!
But I do remember parts of the scout law and motto. From my memory, it included things like being friendly, fair, and responsible. And it was in scouting that I first encountered that term “loyalty.”
That term isn’t used a great deal anymore and if it is, it is often used in the context of a modern dating relationship. I saw an article this week that listed 9 personality traits that can predict if someone will be loyal in a long-term relationship.
Those predictors included things like a positive outlook on life, a willingness to embrace uncertainty, a sense of reliability, and an ability to communicate well.
I got to thinking, those same traits are needed in the life of a believer. If we are going to choose to be loyal to our Savior, we must commit ourselves to an outlook on life that has a settled trust in Christ, regardless of the current circumstances. We need to see life through the lens of faith.
When we declare our allegiance to Jesus, we do need to be willing to embrace uncertainty and learn to trust. We are required to follow through on our commitments and be reliable to the Lord. We are dependent on lots of great communication. We talk through prayer and we listen through the reading of His Word.
Truth is, loyalty springs out of things like love and devotion and dedication and commitment. It is a character trait that speaks of faithfulness.
Our Savior has been incredibly faithful to His disciples. He had us in mind while hanging on that cross. He spoke words of love and forgiveness as He suffered. He demonstrated His love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, He died for us. (Romans 5:8)
The least we can do is be loyal to Him and affirm our commitment on a daily basis. Repent when we sin. Forgive when we are wronged. Love when it’s tough. Give when we should. Pray without ceasing. Serve with fervor.
Now those are the predictors of real loyalty!