FRIDAY May 20, 2016
The King’s Servants
And the king’s servants said to the king, “We are your servants, ready to do whatever my lord the king commands.” - 2 Samuel 15:15
Here we see a good comparison between the servants of David and those men who treacherously sided with his son Absalom. The king’s servants were truly faithful and loyal to their king. In this difficult time they were ready to do whatever he would tell them to do next.
The Apostle Paul spoke about his faithful coworkers; Aquila and Priscilla were among those mentioned (Romans 16). The couple devotedly worked alongside Paul, as they had the same trade of tent making and were hospitable to him. However, in times of persecution they both risked their lives for Paul’s sake. Paul said in a greeting: Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life… (Romans 16:3-4).
In ministry, this is the kind of loyalty that should be found among believers. Everyone, no matter what position, should be on the same team, loyal and faithful to each other in good times and in bad. We should act the same towards our friends and family and never turn our backs on them in times of trouble. Listen to the words of Ruth, in a time of distress; she never left Naomi’s side. She told her grieving mother-in-law:
“Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you” - (Ruth 1:16-17).
Do you have a life and death allegiance with family, friends or those you serve alongside?
When faithfulness is most difficult it is most necessary.
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