LOYALTY TEST



Jesus wondered,

Luke 18:8b
When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

Apparently, God is looking for people that will remain loyal. People who learn to be faithful usually get wisdom and courage thrown in for free.

J.R.R. Tolkien said, “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”[1]

In Jesus’ story about the Master returning to his property, we hear about a loyal servant friend who managed the household well. We can assume that the job had many challenges, but the man stuck with it as best as he could.

The "servant" in this parable is the head over all the domestics. This, however, does not so much limit the application of the parable to leaders as establish that their responsibilities entail good personal relationships, requiring exemplary conduct and precluding harshness and lording it over others. The good servant is faithful and prudent, doing what is assigned him. When his master returns, he is "blessed" [2]

Every one of us has a responsibility to care for the needs of others. We are to stay on the job even when others have left, sometimes with messes for us to clean up. How we do in these moments, shows clearly what is in our hearts. The practice of faithfulness is our loyalty test.


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