Daily Devotion - November 18, 2020 - Loyalty to the King

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – November 18, 2020
Reading:
Acts 17:1-9
Weekly Theme: Christ the King
Today: Loyalty to the King

Loyalty is a trait that is an important aspect of any trusting relationship. The word originates from "Old French" words, loialte and leaute, and is synonymous with words such as fidelity, legitimacy, and honesty. As Christians, loyalty is most important in our relationship with Jesus Christ, the Messiah, Savior and King. Loyalty is also important in our relationships with other Christians.

In today’s passage, we see examples of both loyalty to Christ the King and loyalty among Christian brothers and sisters. Paul and Silas have just been released from prison in Philippi and are now in Thessalonica. They are remaining loyal to Christ the King by continuing to preach in the synagogues. They teach the Scripture (now referred to as the Old Testament) and then proclaim Jesus as the Promised One, the Messiah. Under their preaching, some Jews, God-fearing Greeks, and well-known women are persuaded by the power of the Holy Spirit working through Paul and Silas, as they loyally proclaim Jesus as King. Other Jews become jealous over the persuasion of Paul and Silas and form a mob and start a riot in the city. Sounds somewhat familiar to our current culture, doesn’t it? A guy by the name of Jason houses Paul and Silas while they were in Thessalonica. Because of his loyalty to God and to these fellow Christians, a mob seizes him and some other believers and drug them before the city officials trying to politicize the situation. They tell the city officials that these people have been welcoming Paul and Silas and are defying Caesar’s decrees and showing loyalty to another king, one called Jesus. Jason and the others must post bond to be freed, promising they will cease this association with Paul and Silas or they will lose their property and potentially their lives. We do not know what happens next; what we can conclude was that if Jason was to remain loyal to Christ, the King, he would need to leave his home to do so.

If you or I were placed in a situation like Paul, Silas, Jason and the others who were loyal to Christ, how far would we go to ensure the gospel is shared with others? Would we be hospitable to Christian missionaries if there was the threat of being seized and dragged before government officials and asked to pay bond for our release and then promise to never associate with Christians again? Would we be willing to leave our homes and land and go elsewhere? Would be willing to risk our lives? What kind of loyalty to Christ do we have? How far would we go to share the good news of Jesus Christ, the King, with others?

Dear God, as we sit in our comfortable homes and attend our comfortable and safe churches, we give you thanks for the freedom to worship you as our Savior, our Lord, and our King. We know that Your Kingdom is a king of love and peace and hope but there are those in our world and in our country who defy you and deny you as Lord and King. Help us to be willing to proclaim your name and to not be ashamed to be a part of your kingdom. Help us to be loyal to you like Paul, Silas and Jason. In the name of Jesus, the King, we pray. Amen.

 
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