Are You Faithful or Fickle?
Wednesday, August, 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM | by asmith
“Fear the Lord and serve Him FAITHFULLY with all your heart; consider what great things God has done for you.” 1 Samuel 12:24
Darrell Royal became coach of the Texas Longhorns in 1962. In his 18 year tenure, he won three National Championships and made the Longhorn program synonymous with excellence. Royal was famous for home-spun sayings that mixed humor with truth. His most quoted maxim was linked to loyalty. He often taught: “Dance with who brung ya!” After all, if a friend invites you to the dance, it would be rude to abandon your pal and share the party with everybody except the person who brought you. Royal’s saying always reminded me of Scarlett O’Hara – the renowned heroine of Gone with the Wind. In the movie’s opening scenes, Scarlett personifies the belle of the ball. One of her boyfriends takes her to a plantation dance, and Scarlett functions as the fickle flirt. She dances with everyone there, except the disappointed young man who brought her. She is the poster child for disloyalty.
Let’s move from Darrell the Coach and Scarlett the Flirt to Samuel the Prophet. In Samuel’s farewell address to the people of Israel, the great man of God reminds everyone of the Lord’s faithful blessings. Then he calls people of faith to live with corresponding faithfulness. He warns them to stay away from distracting and useless idols. Samuel preaches that the Lord deserves the highest and greatest loyalty from His Children. After all, He delivered His People out of bondage in Egypt and brought them to the Promised Land. Essentially, Samuel instructed: Dance with who brung ya!
The Apostle Paul in his farewell address to Timothy calls his young protégé to faithfulness, “Endure hardship like a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” (2 Timothy 2:3) Paul — Timothy’s spiritual coach — encourages him to have a Semper Fi attitude like the faithful and unflinching Marine. The great missionary later laments to Timothy about their fickle friend named Demas. Paul explained, “Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me.” (2 Timothy 4:10) Paul commends Timothy for “dancing with who brung him” and he chastises Demas for deciding to abandon the Lord’s service and dance with the devil.
Do you resemble Timothy or Demas?
One day, sooner than we think, our race will be run, and our journey will be done. We will step through the doorway of death into the glorious presence of King Jesus. My greatest desire is to hear the Lord say, “Well done, my good and FAITHFUL servant. Enter into the joy of your Master!”
The Lord prizes faithfulness and loyalty. Learn to be loyal to our Royal King Jesus. Each day decide to give your best and most to King Jesus because He gave His best and most for you. Unlike fickle Scarlett or Demas the Deserter, choose to take your stance and faithfully dance with the great Lover of your Soul!