Merriam Webster dictionary defines loyalty as a faithfulness that is steadfast in the face of any temptation to renounce, desert, or betray. You might be thinking, okay now what exactly do you want to talk about? But just wait a moment and allow me narrate a short story yet intriguing.
Once upon a time in Moab, a Hebrew woman lost everything that meant the most to her. She lost her husband and her two sons, only to be left with her widowed daughters-in-law. The loss was so atrocious that she decided to pack her bags, leave everything she had in the foreign country and set out home. She instructs her daughters-in-law to go back to their fathers’ houses as was the custom. But something miraculous happened one was adamant to leave, she pledged herself to the care of her mother-in-law. She says, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”
I wonder what Naomi’s facial expressions were after such a quite bold and striking statement that the young woman made! She was proclaiming her loyalty to her, what others may put as allegiance, she was leaving her family, her parents and all that was common to her to a land unknown. All so that she would stand by this woman. Allow me to introduce this amazing lady’s name, she is Ruth. Ruth, the widow that later on married Boaz, gave birth to Obed, Obed became the father of Jesse, Jesse the father of David. David, a man after God’s heart, the great king and on whose throne the Messiah would rule forever and ever! What a beautiful ending with a gruesome start!
Would Ruth have known that her loyalty to her ordinary mother in law was later, going to make her be counted in the lineage of the Messiah, the Great I Am, the Prince of Peace and Creator of the whole world? Of course she didn’t! That’s the power of loyalty. Loyalty in all we do, especially in the small for it is in the small things that greatness is brewed. From the story of Ruth and Naomi, one can grasp that it is in the things we think that God looks at and raises us up. I guess in our generation we are missing the point, we want a place where everyone can see us; we want a platform, a big organisation to shine the Light in us to those around us. But God sees what others cannot see, and He is the One rewarder, whom when He rewards no man can put you down. Ruth started off as just a widow who pledged her allegiance to her mother in law, to a woman who picked up the leftover grain for the one woman she loved, to a grandmother of the greatest king in Israel and most importantly part of Messiah’s lineage.
What am I driving at? Be loyal in the small things you have now, don’t wait until you have a charity to give and show kindness. Show that kindness now, give now and love now, and He who sees what is done in secret will multiply what you have now and show you off to the world. It might seem like you are doing trivial things now but it is those who are faithful in small things that are blessed with more.
We might not have tomorrow, but we have is today and whilst it is still today pledge to love, care, commit yourself to the people, the things and the opportunities that God has freely given you. Let us not wait for bigger platforms where the eyes of man will witness, but remember we are standing on the greatest platform of all, the one that God himself and all the angels are the audience. Make sure to not disappoint, because all you need He has provided.