Ruth 1:16-17 (MSG) "Where you go, I go; and where you live, I’ll live. Your people are my people, your God is my god; where you die, I’ll die, and that’s where I’ll be buried, so help me God—not even death itself is going to come between us!"
Ruth was such a great example of loyalty to Naomi. She was committed and had her mind set on staying with her mother-in-law forever. Loyalty is such a hard trait to come by these days. When it comes to jobs, churches, friends and events, getting people to commit and be loyal is tough. The majority of churches are often filled with newer congregants rather than filled with life-timers. Many businesses these days have high turnover rates, unable to keep their staff. The heart-breaking part of today's world is that most people do not have close friendships and even then, we struggle with finding friends to commit to a birthday party or event. What is keeping you from being loyal in certain areas? Even marriages are falling apart left and right because they would rather end things than allow God to restore what's been broken.
Ask yourself if you are a loyal friend, church member, employee, etc. Are there areas where you can improve in being loyal? If you are having a hard time making new friends, ask God to reveal anything in you that may be a hindrance. Are you friendly and easy to talk to? Sometimes we will find that there are things in us that need to be healed and we need to stay focused on God while we are in a season of feeling alone. The most important person to remain loyal to is Jesus. When we stay loyal to Him, we will keep His commandments and our other relationships can flourish.
So I challenge you to ask God for help in being a person of loyalty and commitment. Write down what areas in your life you need to grow in and work on them with the help of the Holy Spirit. We are always growing spiritually, and if you need help, ask someone close to you what your weaknesses are, just be sure to love them the same after they have spoken. Be teachable and willing to grow.
Psalm 92:12-13 (TPT) But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. For they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God.
2 Timothy 2:15 (AMP) Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman [tested by trial] who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth.