DAILY PILGRIM PASSAGE
June 11, 2021
In the workplace, in our homes, and within communities we socialize in, the word loyalty pops up. Either someone was not loyal or someone was described as very loyal. The dictionary defines “loyalty” as the state or quality of being loyal; faithfulness to commitments or obligations. faithful adherence to a sovereign, government, leader, or cause. It is ironic we use this word so much and do not associate it with God as much as we do in the political arena. God wants us to be loyal to Him. If we manipulate the descriptors for the word “loyalty” we see, the quality of being loyal, committed, and faithful to a sovereign leader. Also adds, one possessing or held to possess supreme political power or sovereignty. .. one that exercises supreme authority within a limited territory. With that being said, the sovereign person/entity is not really sovereign if there is a limited territory or limited authority. How can you be sovereign and limited?
A great description and clarification are revealed as “A sovereign is a ruler, a king, a lord, and Scripture often refers to God as the one who rules over-all. His most common proper name, Yahweh (see Ex. 3:14) is regularly translated Lord in the English Bible. And Lord, in turn, is found there over 7,000 times as a name of God and specifically as a name of Jesus Christ. So, to discuss the sovereignty of God is to discuss the lordship of God—that is, to discuss the Godness of God, the qualities that make him to be God. The major components of the biblical concept of divine sovereignty or lordship are God’s control, authority, and presence (see John Frame, The Doctrine of God, 21–115).
Spiritually when we describe sovereignty we are speaking of GOD who has no limited authority or territory. If we put the two together Sovereign and loyal we find that loyalty is faithful adherence to a sovereign+-God. If we are adhering to the sovereign God, we are following His word, will nd way.
We are committed, devoted, passionate, and have integrity to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Let us present ourselves to God as only He is sovereign. Woodrow Wilson said, “Loyalty means nothing unless it has at its heart the absolute principle of self-sacrifice.” When we are loyal to our Sovereign God we are sacrificing ourselves to follow Him. We often say less of me and more of thee. This is how we show our loyalty to God. In all that we do, we do so God gets the glory. And, no matter what we do God gets the Glory. Let us continue to be loyal to God the Sovereign one.
Rev. Lillian T Taylor, Chaplain