Meditation Monday is where I share my thoughts and reflections from the sermons at my home church, Watson Chapel Baptist Church, Pastor Todd Howard. We are currently going through 2nd Corinthians. Yesterday we were in 2 Corinthians 11:1-6.
This message was great way to start 2015. A shot of spiritual adrenaline and focus for the up coming year. One of the opening lines was “it’s important to God that we are faithful and loyal followers.” Pastor Todd pointed out three ways we become disloyal in our walk and reminded us of who we are being disloyal to.
You can become disloyal to Christ by the way you live your life. As believers we are called and chosen to walk in a way worthy of our calling. But when, as believers, we don’t pick up the word to discover how that walk should look, we become disloyal by default because we do not know what pleases the Master. Another great quote was “many of your Bibles have enough dust on them that you can write damned across them.” Pastor Todd highlighted, the Bible proclaims loudly those who persevere to the end will be saved. “Salvation is a war, you have to fight and persevere to the end.”
You must be loyal to the Jesus of the scriptures. This also goes back to knowing the Word. We must know who Jesus is or you will be twisted and churned by every wind of doctrine. Knowing Christ and His work which He applied in our stead should be crucial for every believer to know. There are hundreds of false Jesus’ in this world. If you don’t know the Word you can be fooled along with millions and millions of people already being fooled.
You must be loyal to the Truth. Do you notice a common theme here? It all goes back to the Bible. We must know the Bible to gain truth. We must know the Bible because in it it contains the truths that point us to Christ. We must know the Bible because it tells us the truths on how to live godly, purpose filled lives. Without a consistent diet of the Word, you really have no other option but to be disloyal because you don’t have a grasp on the truth.
When your heart chases all the silly things of earth, you are disloyal to a jealous God. Our God is a jealous God and promises to discipline His children when they are disloyal. The writer of the Hebrews reminds us, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Heb 10:30b-31). Are you loyal to God?