Loyalty To God

Richard Waialeale

2 Kings 5:17-18 (NIV)
17 "If you will not," said Naaman, "please let me, your servant, be given as much earth as a pair of mules can carry, for your servant will never again make burnt offerings and sacrifices to any other god but the Lord.
18 But may the Lord forgive your servant for this one thing: When my master enters the temple of Rimmon to bow down and he is leaning on my arm and I bow there also--when I bow down in the temple of Rimmon, may the Lord forgive your servant for this."

In these scriptures, Naaman is miraculously healed from leprosy and wants to worship God but because of his position in the army as commander and chief, he is not ready to risk his life. Naaman feels at the least he can do is take some of the dirt of the earth from this holy land back to Damascus, and feel like he’s worshipping God. What Naaman is faced with is a difficult situation of worshipping God while under orders of serving another god. How much or how far will one go to serve the one true God? How much do we compromise and allow to slip through the cracks while serving Jesus and looking like a Christian?

I wonder what would happen if we applied the same standards of loyalty to our Christian activities that we expect from other areas of our lives?
If my car starts once every three tries, is it reliable? If the postman skipped delivery every Monday and Thursday, is he trustworthy? If my fridge stops working for a day or two every now and then, do you say, “Oh well, it work most of the time.”? If the water heater provides an icy cold shower every now and then, is it dependable? If I skipped a couple of electricity bill payments do you think HECO would mind? If you fail to worship God one or two Sundays a month, would you expect to be called a faithful Christian?
We expect loyalty and reliability from things and other people - isn’t it reasonable then that God just might expect the same from us.

Lord I pray for those that are not yet saved, and I pray for those that are having a difficult time worshipping you with all their heart. May I never compromise the love and freedom I have in worshipping you, IN Jesus Name I Pray. Amen.

Devotions for June 20

2 Kings 4,5
Psalms 83
1 Timothy 2

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