|Loyalty Matters; Faithfulness is Everything!|
|Thursday, 20 April 2017 11:00|
BY Berlie G. Yap
“Which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.” (2 Tim. 1:12, ESV)
Admittedly, loyalty is extremely very important. Just think of it, how can one walk with another and to feel safe—as not being stabbed, in the absence of loyalty. Loyalty is an inherent characteristic to any human being, because such is part to the image of God which exists in every human soul!
But the big question, why there are disloyal people? The simple answer: things around us can easily change our good character even to become monstrous. Humans are weaker vessels, temptations around can change a harmless man to be a subtle predator. Selfishness, the love of money and other worldly allures are few of the many things which can gradually deprave any human heart.
“Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.” (1 Cor. 4:2, ESV) You and I are stewards to God’s gifts and blessings. We own nothing in this world. In fact, all that we have are God’s. Nothing belongs to us, and that includes our very own breaths. Soon as God may require it, we can never say no to Him. Thus, we ought to be faithful as God’s stewards.
One day, God will make a final accounting, to how we behave in our lives here on earth. A day of judgement is determined by the Creator, and all of us will stand before Him, to answer if how we took care of his trust to us. If we can excuse to our fellow men here on earth, to the extent of change white to black and vice versa, but to God we cannot absolutely escape from His true judgement.
It is a fearsome thing to think that one day, if we squander God’s trust, we can be meted a bad judgement by the almighty Himself. Hence, it behooves us to be faithful! Loyalty and honesty are the two other things which complete faithfulness. In other words, a faithful person is also a loyal and an honest person!
Again, the simple pattern is: find a faithful individual, and you at the same time got a loyal and an honest man. A depraved behavior is a result of a gradual change in a human character. At the mention of the name of Judas, it right away gives us an immediate picture of a bad man. Well, he was the guy who sold the Lord to their enemies,in as cheap as thirty pieces of silver.
But do you know Judas was not a total bad person, especially on his earlier life? He even was Jesus’ treasurer—a bag man, of the people’s donation to the Lord’s ministry. Thus, Jesus had a degree of trust to Judas. But what happened to his later life, how in the world Judas stomached to sell his Lord cheaply?
The Holy Scripture gave us the answers—the details of Judas’ gradual regression. According to St. John’s account, Judas stole bits and pieces from the money bag. “He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it.” (John 12:6, ESV)
Maybe, Judas thought that it wouldn’t harm him if he would take few coins, day in and day out, from the money bag. He failed to understand though that “A little leaven leavens the whole lump.” (Gal. 5:9, ESV) Or the “…THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (1 Tim. 6:10, ESV)
Those small compromises had gradually transformed Judas to be the TRAITOR! Things didn’t happen overnight, it was a slow-paced negative change; a little by little thing, so to speak. It’s imperative to all of us to regularly ask the Lord to search our hearts, because slight darkness may eventually totally darken our innermost, unless the saving grace of the Savior cleanses the recesses of our hearts every day.
This is how John the Beloved spoke about on the end of days, “They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are CALLED AND CHOSEN AND FAITHFUL.” (Rev. 17:14, ESV) Many are called, and few are chosen, but fewer as the faithful!
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