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Have you every questioned someone’s loyalty? Quite discomforting, isn’t it? The sheer torture of dealing with the fact that someone dear to you may not have your best interest in mind, especially when it counts the most. How do you find out for certain? Do you test them to see where their allegiance truly lies or do you just trust?

Some people just trust that the person is indeed loyal and most of the time, that loyalty is reciprocal. But, most people would test. And some people suffer a bit of disappointment when those results are revealed. Sure, you may say ‘At least now I know the truth’ or ‘Well, that’s a load off’, but you are still disappointed.

And what about you? Who or what has your absolute allegiance?

My sons and I were reading about Paul of Tarsus’ last letter to Timothy and the churches in 2 Timothy. One of the most touching parts of the letter comes when Paul says his goodbye knowing he is about to be put to death. This part shows that Paul is so certain that his placed unequivocal faith in Christ and that his loyalty to the gospel of Christ has been unquestionable that he is at peace with dying.

For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

2 Timothy 4:6-8

It brings tears to my eyes every time I read it. The verse made me wonder how many of us can say the same as Paul? How many of us can say that we have placed our unquestionable, untarnished, blind faith in Jesus Christ? How many of us can say that out loyalty is to Jesus? Could we too withstand being tortured, exiled, and even suffer death and remain loyal to God?

Have you trusted that it is Jesus Christ alone who is the way to the Kingdom of God?

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 14:6

It is through Jesus Christ’s suffering and dying and been raised again from that brutal death that guarantees our destination is Heaven. That is, if you believe.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9

Have you trusted in Jesus, solely Jesus?

How loyal are you to that belief?

You are not trusting that your own merits, deeds, good intentions or love for humanity will get you to Heaven, but your faith in Jesus and only Jesus is the way.

If He chose to do so, would Jesus Christ question your loyalty? We cannot question His loyalty? He offered the gift of eternal peace and has never taken it away. Can we say the same about our faith in Him?

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

John 8:36

 

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